Salvation Army Kettle Drive gets underway | Business
The sound of bells fill the air as the annual Texarkana Salvation Army Kettle Drive gets underway.
"We are going to have about 30 locations all around the Texarkana community in Ashdown and in New Boston," says Salvation Army Lt. Jimmy Parrish.
The goal this year is $150,000, and, according to Parrish, there is a great need in our area.
"With the unemployment rate as it is and the economy still trying to get back on its feet and get growing again, there are people always in need."
Maybell Charles is one of the kettle workers. Addicted to alcohol and drugs for years, she gives thanks to the Salvation Army a changed life.
"This year is special for me, because, for once in my life, I am taking back from the community. I am giving something of myself."
The kettle drive occurs primarily during the holiday season, but the money raise in that time benefits the Army year round.
"The Salvation Army shelter is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So that money we raise goes to help that shelter and people in need every day in this community," Parrish says.