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Bell ringers sought to raise money for Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign

The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign is in need of volunteers. For more information about volunteering in central Oklahoma, call 246-1101.
by Robert Medley Published: October 29, 2012

/articleid/3723407/1/pictures/1869220">Photo - Ernie Potter, facilities manager, stands next to a Salvation Army red kettle Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at the Central Oklahoma Area Command for The Salvation Army in Oklahoma City. The organization?s 2012 holiday donation drive starts Nov. 9 in the metro area. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman <strong>PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND</strong>
Ernie Potter, facilities manager, stands next to a Salvation Army red kettle Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at the Central Oklahoma Area Command for The Salvation Army in Oklahoma City. The organization?s 2012 holiday donation drive starts Nov. 9 in the metro area. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND

Jeanean Castle, Salvation Army director of development for Oklahoma, Canadian and Cleveland counties, said the telephone rang 5,000 times in one hour on a recent day. The calls were from people needing utility or Christmas assistance.

The 2011 Red Kettle campaign raised $650,000, Castle said. Salvation Army officials hope to top that this year. There is more of a need out there than ever before with economic conditions, she said.

The money raised by bell ringers outside of retail stores supports all Salvation Army programs and services, Castle said. Christmas needs are seasonal, and only a portion of the work that is done year round, she said.

People who can't volunteer time as bell ringers can raise funds online, she said. The website is www.onlineredkettle.org.

For more information about volunteering in central Oklahoma, call 246-1101.

by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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