The Red Kettle campaign is the annual Christmas initiative that helps to fund the Salvation Army volunteers. Bell-ringers raise, on average, $59 per hour in their red kettle. With that amount, the Duluth Salvation Army can feed 24 people with a daily lunch. This year's goal is $215,000. With 17 kettle locations, there are 2,753 two-hours shifts for volunteer bell-ringers. As of now, over 2,300 two-hour shifts remain open. Groups, businesses, civic organizations, families and churches are encouraged to participate. No more than two volunteers can be at a kettle, unless from the same household, where up to four are allowed.
Volunteer gift wrappers are needed today through Dec. 24 at the Miller Hill Mall. Shoppers can bring their purchases for gift wrapping services. All donations for wrapping services go toward helping people from the greater Duluth area at Christmas and throughout the year.
The Duluth Salvation Army is asking for volunteers during Distribution Week from Monday, Dec. 14 through Dec. 18. Food will be distributed on Monday, Dec. 14. Food boxes and toys will be distributed Tuesday, Dec. 15 through Dec. 18. Volunteers are needed to assist the Duluth Salvation Army staff with distribution during the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. with appropriate safety protocols followed. Jersey Mike’s, Little Caesars, Texas Roadhouse, Duluth Grill, OMC Smokehouse, Corktown Deli and Brews and Toppers Pizza are donating lunch to the volunteers and staff that are part of Distribution Week.
Those interested in volunteering can visit DuluthSA/Volunteer for more information or call 218-722-7934.