LOGAN — The familiar holiday tradition of bell ringers collecting money in kettles for the Salvation Army will soon fill the streets with the sound of holiday cheer.
Lieutenant Justin Johnson, with the Logan County Salvation Army, explained the bell ringers and kettles will soon appear at Walmart, Kroger and host of other Logan County businesses.
The Salvation Army will also erect “angel trees” at Walmart in Logan and the Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park.
Johnson noted the kettle program is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Salvation Army where all of the money stays in the area. “It all stays in the community and most of the money will go towards public assistance.”
Johnson added the money from the kettles often goes to filling the group’s food pantry and helps run other programs like utility assistance and their backpack program.
The angel tree program features trees decorated with angel-themed holiday cards.
Each card will feature clothing sizes, three holiday wishes and any special needs of a local child.
Johnson explained the angel tree program directly provides gifts for children saying, “The angel tree program was started a little over 35 years ago. A Salvation Army officer wanted to get things for kids who weren’t going to get anything for Christmas. We put the cards out on the trees, the public buys the gifts and we distribute them so that less fortunate kids will have something to open on Christmas morning.”
The Salvation Army in Logan County is currently looking for volunteers to ring bells for kettles throughout Logan County.
The group is also seeking a warehouse to store gifts for the angel tree program.
The Salvation Army is always accepting monetary and other forms of donations. Clothing donations are accepted at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Chapmanville and non-perishable food is accepted at the Salvation Army building on Stratton Street in Logan.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]