BANGOR – The Salvation Army is out to save Christmas.
The holidays may not be here just yet, but the Salvation Army will be kicking off “Operation Rescue Christmas” early.
They have never done this before, but due to the impact of the coronavirus, it has created an unprecedented need for donations.
“We are still serving over 200 people in our soup kitchen daily, which is twice as many people we serve. We know that’s going to continue as we move into the winter months,” said Captain Rebecca Kirk of the Salvation Army of Bangor.
Due to the pandemic, many people are either unemployed or furloughed from their jobs.
It’s difficult for families to put food on the table, pay bills and provide resources for loved ones.
According to Kirk, now is the time to ask for help.
“Rescue Christmas is for families who need help. Rescue Christmas is a fundraising initiative. It’s our chance to reach out and say, we don’t know how fundraising is going to look, but please consider the Salvation Army in your fund giving this Christmas season,” Kirk said.
According to Kirk, the red kettle is an iconic part of Christmas. Bell ringers will be placed in front of Hobby Lobby, however due to COVID-19 restrictions, it’s uncertain whether the kettles will be placed at Shaws, Walmart and other locations.
“Social distancing is a very valid concern, and often times you can get a gathering of people around a kettle, which is not the very best thing that you want, and, so they have to consider how are they going to keep their storefront safe and how we are going to play into that,” said Kirk.
It’s possible you could hear bells ringing as early as November.
To donate or more information, please visit the Salvation Army website.