CARNEGIE, Pa., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Although Christmas is more than two months away, The Salvation Army has been busily preparing. Now is the time to sign up and make a difference in your community. With its humble beginnings in 1891 as a dockside soup pot, the familiar red kettles have become one of the world's most highly recognized fundraising tools. Nationally, last year, red kettles provided more than six million needy people with a merrier Christmas. And, The Salvation Army has a host of other critical programs that also desperately need hands-on help.
"Volunteers are the lifeblood of The Salvation Army and this is our most demanding time of year," said Major Robert Reel, the Western Pennsylvania Divisional Commander. "It is important for the public to understand that the red kettle campaign supports far more than just Christmas." Reel continued, "In addition to Red Kettles, we also provide holiday dinners, toys, food baskets and so much more. That is why it is so important that we get as many volunteer commitments as early as possible from businesses, churches, schools, organizations and individuals."
In addition to the many holiday volunteer opportunities, help is desperately needed for prep work for The Salvation Army's Annual Fabric Fair. Although the sale does not occur until April 2nd, 2011, sorting, labeling and measuring is a weekly task at The Salvation Army's Greentree Warehouse, located near Parkway Center Mall. Volunteers are awarded the privilege of pre-sale opportunities and parking is free.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Fabric Fair warehouse, at a kettle, or for a holiday program, log onto www.salvationarmy-wpa.org or contact your local Salvation Army. In Allegheny County, call 412-446-1500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. "Families are encouraged to volunteer at a kettle," said Major Reel. "It is a wonderful way for children to learn how to give back and it really celebrates the spirit of Christmas in a personal and meaningful way."
Both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 120 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log onto www.salvationarmy-wpa.org. The Salvation Army... Doing the most good... for the most people... in the most need.
SOURCE Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division