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Rob Keene, president of the Smyth County Chapter of the Salvation Army, held the red kettle at Chilhowie Food City on Saturday night with the help of his granddaughters Gabby ringing the bell and Kaylee offering a donation .

Linda Burchette / Smyth County News & Messenger

Linda Burchette | Smyth County News and Messenger

It’s the time of the year for the bells and volunteers are needed to ring the bells and bring a little toll to the Salvation Army’s red pots.

The Smyth County Chapter of The Salvation Army is asking the community for help this holiday season. Bells are required for collection stations in the county.

“We need help,” said Rob Keene of Chilhowie, who took over from longtime president Sue Thompson this year. Volunteers are scarce at any red kettle station, Keene said, and especially at Walmart in Marion, where a captain is needed.

The stations are set up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Sunday until Christmas Eve. A shift lasts about two hours.

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Individuals, civic and religious groups, and businesses are encouraged to register for a single shift or spend a day at a bell station. Unmanned kettles will be placed at other commercial sites.

Keene thanks the many people who helped him and who support The Salvation Army. Special thanks to the members of VFW Post 4667 in Marion who sponsor the program and volunteer as bell ringers and provide a venue for meetings.

Red Kettles are available until Christmas Eve at various locations across the county including Food City in Marion and Chilhowie, Walmart, Bank of Chilhowie, and Atkins and Chilhowie Elementary Schools and Chilhowie High School.


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