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Neil Barben, left, ringing the Salvation Army red kettle bell with Dianne Barben, right, at the new Walmart location.

With one week of ringing bells already under their belt, the Huntingdon County Salvation Army will add Walmart to its list of sites for the 2020 Red Kettle Campaign today, Saturday, Nov. 21.

Salvation Army Auxiliary Captain Philip Bender is pleased with the campaign’s progress so far.

“We have been blessed with many donations throughout the week,” Bender stated. “We want to thank the community members for their generosity.”

Ahead of adding Walmart to the bell-ringing list, Bender said donations were coming in at a good rate. However, the Salvation Army still needs volunteers to ring bells through Christmas Eve.

“We understand that people have jobs, but we are still in need of volunteers who are able to ring the bell Monday through Thursday,” Bender stated. “It would be extremely helpful for people to volunteer.”

The Salvation Army hopes to raise $48,000 through this year’s campaign. The campaign began kicked off Nov. 13, at Sandy Ridge Market in Orbisonia, Appleby’s Drug Store in Mount Union and Ace Hardware in Huntingdon.

This year is especially important to the Salvation Army. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing havoc throughout the community, they anticipate more people will be in need of the Salvation Army’s services this year.

“The donations not only provide Christmas meals, toys and food food boxes, it also helps folks in need with electricity and heat. It funds our kids’ club program, kids going to camp, basic utilities for our own building and more,” said Bender. “Kettle money is not just used at Christmas, it sustains us all year long. It’s pretty much our bread and butter.”

One hundred percent of the funds donated to the kettle campaign stay in Huntingdon County. Donors who find themselves without cash will be able to give electronically this year. This year, people can donate with a QR code that is on the sign above the kettle.

For those who can’t ring bells or wish to help in another capacity, contributions can be made at the Red Kettles throughout the county or by mailing them to the Salvation Army at 2514 Shadyside Ave., Huntingdon, PA 16652. To make sure funds go to the kettle goal, please note “kettles” on the memo line of checks.

Kylie can be reached at kyoung@huntingdondailynews.com.

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