The Red Kettle

Dylan Lander was all smiles.  He was the first to drop coins into the red kettles at Walmart today.  Photos by Jim Satterwhite
Dylan Lander was all smiles. He was the first to drop coins into the red kettles at Walmart today. Photos by Jim Satterwhite

Salvation Army Sergeant Wesley Trueblood III kicked off the Red Kettle Drive two weeks early at the Greenville Walmart today. Normally the fund raising event starts the day after Thanksgiving but with the closure of the Hebron House in Greenville there are more souls in need than ever.

The Salvation Army relies upon volunteers to man the red kettles. Today volunteers from the Noon Rotary kicked off the drive.  If a paid bell ringer is employed then it cost $100 before the kettle breaks even.  Volunteer bell ringers insure that all of the money collected goes to where it will do the most good.  This may be food for Hunt County Fish Ministries, Salvation Army operations and emergency funding, paying for a homeless shelter as the night time temperatures drop, or  providing emergency medical assistance to those in need in Greenville and throughout the county.

Dylan Lander was all smiles because he was the first to drop a coin into the kettle.  Greenville, let’s follow Dylan’s example and fill the red kettles.

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