The holiday season is beginning and that means the bells are ringing across the city.

The Lansing Capital Area Salvation Army has officially kicked off its 2018 Red Kettle Fundraising Campaign season, the largest fundraising event of the year for organization.

The red kettles will be out Mondays through Saturdays at local businesses around the tri-county area through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

“The Christmas season is the single busiest season for the Salvation Army. Financial and emotional stress, along with the cold temperatures, dampen the Christmas cheer of families struggling to make ends meet,” said Maj. Jim Irvine, Lansing Capital Area coordinator. “Thankfully, ours is a community in which neighbors reach into their hearts and into their pockets to help those in need to keep the heat on or provide family dinners and gifts for under the Christmas tree.”

Most of the funds for services comes from generous donations in the holiday season, when the need for donations is at its peak. A donation of $3 provides a hot meal for an individual, while a donation of $20 will provide supplemental groceries to a family for 30 days.

If you are unable to donate, you can volunteer your time by ringing a bell at a kettle location near your work or home, by adopting a family in need, or distributing food or toys to designated familes.

If you, your friends or your family members are interested in volunteering, contact Jon Curtis, volunteer coordinator, at (517) 484-4424, ext. 208, or email you are interested in bell ringing, either as an individual or group, you can sign up at

Tags: donation, giving, Salvation Army, volunteer


Kyle Dowling

Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.

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