The Salvation Army is calling upon area residents to consider spending some time as a bell ringer for the charity's annual Kettle Campaign that began at area businesses Nov. 19.

The Salvation Army is calling upon area residents to consider spending some time as a bell ringer for the charity’s annual Kettle Campaign that began at area businesses Nov. 19.

“We need as many volunteers as we can get,” said Salvation Army Captain David Robinson. “Out of all of the places that I have worked with the Salvation Army, Pine Bluff has by far had the best turnout of volunteers and their attitude towards ringing the bell has been absolutely wonderful. They know that they are doing it for their community.”

Robinson said that ringers have already been deployed to all local Brookshire’s grocery stores, two USA Drug Stores, JcPenney at The Pines Mall, Fred’s dicscount store on Blake Street, and Cranford’s grocery store on Dollarway Road in White Hall.

“We will also have ringers outside of the Wal-Mart Super Center on Olive Street after Thanksgiving,” Robinson said.

Robinson and volunteer coordinator Travis Creed said that while the Salvation Army does employ some bell ringers on an as-needed basis, in order for the money collected to do the most good the Kettle Campaign depends upon a strong volunteer showing.

“We do so much in the community,” Creed said. “Monetary donations go to programs such as providing food, clothing and shelter to those in need. We also provide help with the rent and with utility bills.”

“The donations we receive from the Kettle Campaign helps people in this community all year long,” Robinson said. “We provide social services, including money for food, rent and prescriptions. During our Christmas Angel Tree program, we pay for the toys and gift baskets for the children and senior citizens that are not provided by volunteers. The money we raise even helps to send senior citizens and youth to camp in the summertime.”