The annual holiday campaign to assist people in need begins this month in Texas County.

Texas County Food Pantry executive director Tanya Pacheco said Salvation Army bell ringing starts Friday in Licking and Nov. 25 in Houston and Cabool. This year’s fundraising goal is $24,000.

Red kettles will be at the Houston Walmart Supercenter as well as Town & Country Supermarket in Cabool and Licking. Eighty-five percent of funds raised — providing lodging, transportation, clothing, furniture, groceries, healthcare, school supplies and other aid to residents of our community — will remain 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,” Pacheco said. “We need your help even more this year as funding cuts take effect and even more people come to us with emergency needs.”

To sign up as a volunteer to ring the bell at the red kettle, call the Texas County Food Pantry at 417-967-4484.

“Thank you for your continuing support of this important community activity,” Pacheco said.

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