The Warren Salvation Army is heading into the home stretch of this year's Christmas Red Kettle Campaign.
However, there are opportunities to help those in need throughout the year.
"We're doing pretty well. As far as the Red Kettle Campaign we're doing really well," Army Major Ron Starnes said on Wednesday. "There are four more days of our Christmas Kettles and people are coming out and helping with that so we're thankful for that. We thank all of our volunteers. We thank the citizens of Warren County for their support. We appreciate everything they do for us."
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A helping hand
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is nearing wrap-up for the year, but according to Warren Army Major Ron Starnes the organization needs volunteers after the holidays as well.
This year the organization is reaching out to help even more people than usual.
"I believe it is somewhere in the neighborhood of 353 families and over 500 children we've helped this year," Starnes said. "That's about 200 more children than we had last year."
However, the holiday work is wrapping up for the group.
"We'll be finishing up giving food, and toys and clothes for children in need," Starnes said. "That's our biggest thing now, trying to get that finished up."
For those interested in helping out, there are some spots still open for the kettle campaign, but, according to Starnes, the biggest needs will still be waiting after the holidays.
"There are a few kettle places open if someone would like to volunteer their time," Starnes said. "We're always looking for volunteers for the food pantry and the soup kitchen. There's always a need in the clothing room to help sort clothes."
Donations made in Warren County stay local.
"Know that your money is used for Warren County residents," Starnes said. "We don't send the money somewhere else."
If someone is interested in helping out, the opportunity is only a phone call away.
"All they have to do is call here and we can set up times they can come in and help us," Starnes said.
The Salvation Army in Warren can be contacted at 723-8950.