FORT SMITH (KFSM) - Starting Thursday (Nov.20), you'll hear the familiar ringing of the bells in the River Valley as the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign kicks off.
It's the sound that means the holiday season is here. "We basically go out and ring kettles and we show our faces in the community," said Johnathan Flowers, Red Kettle Coordinator.
People said they hope this chunk of change helps and according to the Salavation Army it really does. "In the Salvation Army 83 cents of every dollar goes right into the community," said Flowers. "The goal is $225,00," said Cap. Russell Clay, Commanding Officer.
Thirty to forty hours until Chirstmas Eve at 23 different locations in the area. "Grocery stores, Wal-marts,Hobby Lobby, and some Walgreens," said Clay.
Volunteers will be out in the winter cold weather ringing the bells raising money. "I like the cold weather myself so it doesn't bother me," said volunteer Elmer Mamki. "I've always seen bell ringers going in and out of stores, so I thought it would be interesting to do that for a good cause."
It's Mamki's chance now to be on the other end getting people into the Christmas spirit. "I enjoy helping people so this time I'm in the position where I can actually help other people and help the Salavation Army," according to Mamki.
The Salvation Army wants people to know where their donations are going. "We put everything we can back into the community beacause that's what the army is all about," said Clay.
Anytime someone donates they recieve a a sweet treat. " It's just a small reminder and a small thank you," said Flowers. "They do so much for us and here is a sweet treat to say thank you for donating."
All the money raised goes to people in need.