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FOX10 News helps ring in the holidays with Red Kettle Drive

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It’s their biggest and most visible fundraising effort of the year and The Salvation Army counts on volunteers to make it happen.  The Salvation Army’s bell ringers are heading up the annual Red Kettle fundraising drive. FOX10 News has teamed up once again this year with them to help spread the holiday cheer.

There’s one sure sign that Christmas is near and you can hear it before you see it.  Nothing else sounds quite like the little Salvation Army bell and it has a way of putting folks in the giving spirit.

“Some folks are blessed and don’t have things and so people here in our community around Fairhope just give back and just make sure everybody has a great Christmas and that’s why I do it,” said Fairhope Walmart shopper, Jeff Crosby.

To make it a success, volunteers must donate their time so that others can give.  It’s become a FOX10 News tradition to give some of our time every holiday season to be a part of such a great cause.  Folks had an opportunity Tuesday, December 05, 2017 to meet some of their favorite Fox 10 News personalities, share some laughs and give what they could.  Along the way, we’ve made new friends and learned how important volunteers are to the Salvation Army.

“You know, this gives you an idea of what the true spirit of Christmas is all about,” explained Fox 10 News morning anchor, Eric Reynolds.  “It’s not about shopping and getting gifts, but giving of yourself…giving your time, your talent and of course, this here is another great organization to participate with.”

“It’s really cute also to see the little kids,” added Fox 10 News reporter, Asha Staples.  “Sometimes, they don’t always know why they’re giving, but to know that they’re getting that instilled in them to start doing that around the holidays is always really good to see.”

Volunteering is easy.  Just get a group together that can work shifts throughout a full day and give the Salvation Army a call.  They’ll take it from there.  

“Maybe get a church group.  Maybe your business wants to give a day, your family, friends, whatever.  Break it up and it’s going to be from 10 until six.  Someone will drop the kettle off with the bells and aprons and that’s it and then they’ll pick them up,” said Genie Baker with The Salvation Army.

And you never know what might be inside.  This year there’s already been a gold and diamond ring donated.  The red kettle drive will go through the holiday season at many of your major department stores across the area.
 

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