As the holiday season approaches, the Salvation Army is gearing up for its annual red kettle bell ringing fundraiser.  

Money raised will be used to provide emergency assistance to people in need in Texas County. The Salvation Army Service Unit of Texas County has been working all year long to make sure that county residents do not face a crisis or emergency alone. Providing assistance at the greatest point of need, the unit offers lodging, transportation, clothing, furniture, groceries, healthcare, school supplies and other aid to residents of our community.  

Statewide services include utility assistance, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, correctional services and homeless shelters.

The goal this year is to raise $18,000 to assist with emergency needs of underprivileged Texas County citizens, with 85 percent of the total staying in the county.

“This holiday season, when you hear the ringing of a Salvation Army bell and see the red kettle, please offer your support,” said Texas County Food Pantry Director Bennie Cook. “We need your help even more this year as funding cuts take effect and even more people come to us with emergency needs.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to help raise funds can call the pantry at 417-967-4484 to sign up for ringing the bell at the red kettle.  

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