CLICK HERE to donate to The Salvation Army of Tyler's Virtual Kettle campaign.
While COVID-19 has put a dent in a lot of activities, one thing it cannot affect is the giving spirit of East Texas.
That's why CBS19 has partnered with The Salvation Army of Tyler for their annual Red Kettle campaign in an effort to #RescueChristmas.
This year's Red Kettle campaign offers a new, virtual twist to the traditional Red Kettles that raise funds supporting those in need.
“You will still see friendly bell ringers and Red Kettles at area store fronts and retailers,” said Captain Jeremy Walker of The Salvation Army. “However, we are issuing the Red Kettle Challenge in our community to step up the efforts to help families who are homeless or struggling to make ends meet. This year has been difficult for many in our community. You can be part of making a difference to ensure The Salvation Army has the necessary funds to help all year long. We need individuals, companies, schools and churches to accept the challenge of having their own online Red Kettles.”
To register for the Red Kettle Challenge, CLICK HERE.
“With ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, the Red Kettle Challenge provides a way for people to show their support for The Salvation Army and the many we help, without having to leave the house,” said Captain Walker. “Challenge your friends, family and coworkers to support your online kettle and help Rescue Christmas right here in Tyler.”
"With more people hurting and fewer Red Kettles to help them, your generosity is needed more than ever," The Salvation of Army of Tyler's website states. "Your donation today will help Rescue Christmas for men, women, and children in East Texas."
The Salvation Army red kettles will be again stationed outside of local stores and businesses Monday - Saturday from mid-November until Christmas Eve.
“All bell ringers will be equipped with personal protective equipment this Christmas season, ensuring the safety of donors and shoppers, along with our volunteers,” said Captain Walker. “With more individuals and families coming to us for help than ever before, please don’t forget to give to The Salvation Army red kettles this season.”
To sign up to ring the bell in Tyler, CLICK HERE.
This year's campaign goal is $270,000.
From all of us at CBS19 and The Salvation Army of Tyler, thank you for your compassion and for helping neighbors in need during this season!