CK Salvation Army in desperate need of Red Kettle volunteers

Salvation Army Kettle. (Photo by Matt Weverink)

The Chatham-Kent Salvation Army is calling 2022 one of the worst years its had when it comes to finding volunteers for its annual Red Kettle campaign.

Red kettles went out across Chatham on November 17 and will be out in Blenheim and Wallaceburg starting on Thursday.

However, Major Stephen Holland said one of the organization’s biggest challenge right now is trying to find volunteers to stand at the kettles

Holland said they are in desperate need of help right now.

“Normally before COVID [we had] seven kettles out. During COVID we had to drop it to five and now we only have enough people to do three kettles,” Holland explained. “So we need more volunteers…We really need help this year. It’s one of the worst years for volunteers we’ve had stepping up. So, we’d like somebody, just to help out.”

Holland said the shift length can be chosen by the volunteer, noting that most people opt for two hour shifts.

High school students in need of volunteer hours are also encouraged to volunteer.

Holland added that it’s easier than ever to stand at the kettles thanks to their ‘tap’ option, which allows people who do not have cash on them donate by using their credit or debit card.

“It’s just volunteering your time, greeting people who donate, thanking them and wishing them a ‘Merry Christmas,'” Holland explained.

Anyone interested in volunteering can visit the CK Salvation Army Website by clicking here or call the office at 519-354-8353.