Salvation Army looking for 'Angels'

November 24, 2004|KATIE McBRIDE

The Salvation Army is asking you to be an "Angel of Hope" this holiday season.

The army runs many programs "to give back hope to those who have lost it throughout the community," explained Captain Zachary Bell.

Programs like the Angel Tree and kettles help more than 1,000 people in Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard, Mercer and Casey counties.

You can be an angel of hope by volunteering, donating money to the kettles, or participating in the Angel Tree.

"Over 700 families will be given back hope because of the angels in this community giving a donation of money or time," said Bell.

"This five-county community is the only community in the state that has totally volunteer kettles. That says a lot about the community. They take true ownership in trying to help those in need."


With volunteers, all the money that the kettles raise goes straight to those in need.

Goal is $65,000

This year's kettle goal is $65,000, a $10,000 increase from last year's collection of $55,000.

"We've seen the need increase quite a bit across the board with day-to-day expenses, food pantry, clothes, and furniture. When Christmas time comes, that need is obviously magnified," said Bell.

Kettles will be out from Friday through Dec. 24. They'll be set up throughout the community at Wal-Mart, Kroger, Kmart, Big Lots, and an automated kettle will be at Hibbets Sports. In Harrodsburg they'll be set up at Wal-Mart, Kroger and Mr. Quik. The Wal-Mart in Stanford will have kettles as well.

Angel Trees

With the Angel Tree you can purchase Christmas presents for a child who will not be receiving any gifts otherwise. Angel Trees have already been set up throughout the community at Wal-Mart, Kmart, Kroger, Goody's, Ace Hardware and Food Lion.

"Christmas is all about hope, the hope of being with your family, the hope of celebration, the hope of the year to come. For whatever reason some of these folks have lost hope and they need help. I just encourage everyone to participate," said Bell.

"This community has been very responsive," Bell said, but more help is needed.

Put an extra dollar in the kettle, shop for an angel from the Angel Tree, or spend an hour bell-ringing. You can be an Angel of Hope this holiday season.

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