Red Kettle Season

The Christmas season is quickly approaching and with it comes parades, shopping, movies and songs.

Amidst all the clamor, the sound of a small bell, is still heard.

The Salvation Army bell ringers, and their red kettle, are a constant.

In Rogers County, red kettles and bell rings will be in Claremore at Reasor's, WalMart and the new 10Box, and in Oologah at Apple Market.

Rogers County Salvation Army reports over 900 hours of bell ringing will take place from Thanksgiving to Christmas, with a total of 77 churches and many civic groups and organizations providing volunteers.

"There is no way we could operate the red kettle drive without the enormous help from our churches," said Jim Spangler, Rogers County Salvation Army president. "We want everyone to know that when they donate at one of these locations, the money stays in Rogers County to provide much needed services."

Spangler reports that last year over $22,000 was raised.

"The Rogers County Salvation Army used these funds to meet critical needs in the county: 1,600 bags of food each month for Rogers County students in need, to ensure they had meals for the weekend, sending kids to summer camp for free, and providing emergency shelter, food, groceries, utilities, medicine and fuel to families through the Community Action office."

He added, "As you hustle to get the perfect gift and all your supplies for holiday meals, let the ring of the bell and the red kettle serve as a reminder of how fortunate we are. The change you give could be the change one of our neighbors desperately needs."