Red Kettle Campaign Underway, Volunteers Needed

​       The Salvation Army of Loudoun County’s Red Kettle campaign formally kicked off Wednesday with a ceremony at the Leesburg Giant store on Catoctin Circle. Salvation Army leaders got help from Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk and the Rock Ridge High School choir in kicking off this year’s campaign.

​       Bell ringers will appear throughout Loudoun County raising funds to support the Salvation Army’s year-round programs and services that help those in need.

​       “For more than 100 years, The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign has funded a wide variety of social service programs for individuals and families,” said Captain Pradeep Ramaji. “To collect the needed funds, we rely on volunteers to be bell ringers throughout the community this holiday season.”

This year’s goal is to raise $90,000 and Ramaji said all money raised will be used to help Loudoun residents.

​       The bell ringing season runs through Christmas Eve, Monday through Saturday each week. Volunteer bell ringers are needed to help the campaign. Ramaji said he’s looking for people who are friendly, personable and able to create emotional connections with shoppers. “We’ve had families, faith-based groups, coworkers, student groups, and service clubs volunteer to ring bells,” he said.

To learn more, call 703-771-371, or go to virginiasalvationarmy.org/loudouncountyvacorps.

Mayor Kelly Burk cuts a ribbon to launch the 2017 Red Kettle campaign in Loudoun County.
The Rock Ridge High School choir got the Red Kettle season off to a spirited start with some Christmas carols.

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