Locals Volunteer As Bell Ringers For The Holidays


FAYETTEVILLE(KFSM)– Every year red kettles and smiling volunteers greet you at the door of your favorite supermarkets, ringing their bell and wishing you a happy holiday.

The Salvation Army tradition started 125 years ago as an effort to feed one thousand hungry people in San Fransisco.

Donations from the red kettles now help support over 4 and half million people in the U.S. .

Bell ringers graciously donate their time and their smile to support those in need.

Ken Martin says he enjoys participating with the Salvation Army every year.

“There’s many folk that are down and out and this is just one way I can give back to the community.”, said Martin who has been a bell ringer with his church group for the past 6 years.

Volunteers takes shifts at kettles across the world during the coldest time of the year.

But watching joyful shoppers drop donations in their kettle is what helps them pass the time by.

Locals Volunteer As Bell Ringers For The Holidays

Salvation Army Helps Emergency Workers Enjoy the Holiday


For many of us, Thanksgiving means spending time with family and eating a lot of turkey. For others, it means working to keep you safe. Many emergency responders were on call Thurssday, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying a taste of Thanksgiving.

Almost every Thanksgiving for Central EMS employees its serving the injured, Instead of serving of a plate of turkey. But this year is different for these emergency responders.

“We respond to people in need. That is the worst day of their life,” Central EMS worker, Shawna Ross said.

“Its great to know that we have the support of our community.”

That support served up on a plate thanks to the Salvation Army.

“Throughout Fayetteville and Bentonville we just wanted to deliver a little Thanksgiving feast for the people who are really supporting us day in and day out,” Lindsey Strong with the Salvation Army said.

The Salvation Army delivered over 100 meals to emergency responders Thursday. A small gesture that put the thanks in Thanksgiving for these hard working employees.

“We are just very thankful especially on this day that they have chosen to treat us and kind of pay us back. pay it forward,” Ross said.

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Salvation Army Hosts Thanksgiving, Hopes to Spread Spirit of Giving


The Salvation Army hosted its annual Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, serving more than 400 people across Northwest Arkansas.

Twyla Burt now serves as the women’s auxiliary president for the Salvation Army. But when she moved here eight years ago, she was looking for a charity to get involved with.

She says after her first Thanksgiving she took over the kitchen and has been making memories giving back ever since. Burt tells us her favorite part is seeing she can make a difference.

“This morning a little boy said I’ve never had Thanksgiving Dinner. He was here for breakfast, and I said, well you’re getting ready to have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year,” Burt said.

“To work with the people, that really touches my heart. I’m doing something for them, but it’s actually doing more for me.”

Burt says she hopes positive experiences volunteering during the holiday encourages more people to come out and help throughout the rest of the year.


Kettle Kick Off in NWA

In a sure sign of the season,  the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign kicked off Friday in Northwest Arkansas.

The Red Kettle program dates back to the late 1800s and continues today. The  campaign is the single largest fundraiser for the Salvation army in the Country.

“All of those funds go to indigent families. children and individuals that don’t have the funding for Christmas gifts meals thanksgiving meals all of those things that you and I have,” Dan Matthews said.

The fundraising goal for Northwest Arkansas is $380,000 this year.

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Salvation Army to Feed Community with Thanksgiving Lunch

The Salvation Army is anticipating to feed over 400 people in Northwest Arkansas during the Thanksgiving Lunch this year.

Both the Bentonville and Fayetteville shelters will be serving a meal from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m to those in need on Thursday. According to the Salvation Army, the turkeys are donated by Dash Goff and cooked by Sassy’s BBQ and Penguin Ed’s.

The Salvation Army will also be delivering meals to local law enforcement teams on Thursday.

For more information on the Salvation Army or to donate, click here.

Thanksgiving lunch will be served to those in need at the Fayetteville shelter located at 219 W. 15th St. and the Bentonville shelter located at 3305 SW I St.


Bell Ringers for Hire in NWA

The Salvation Army is hiring bell ringers for the Red Kettle campaign.

The Salvation Army Christmas Red Kettle program dates back to 1891 and continues today. Now, the Red Kettle campaign is the single largest fundraiser for the Salvation Army USA.

The funds raised during the campaign support the Salvation Army’s free addiction recovery program in Northwest Arkansas, the two emergency shelters located in Fayetteville and Bentonville and other social services.

Last year, over $350,000 was raised during the Red  Kettle Campaign.

Applications for the campaign are being accepted now and can be turned in at the Salvation Army in Fayetteville. An orientation for new bell ringers will be  on November 3 at 10 a.m. at the following locations:

Fayetteville Ringers: 219 W. 15 St.

Springdale Ringers: 315 Holcomb St.

Rogers/Bentonville Ringers: 504 N. Dixieland

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NWA Continuum of Care Working to Address Homeless Issue

Members of the Northwest Arkansas Community are taking notes from an Alabama community to address the growing homeless population in our region.

The Northwest Arkansas Continuum of Care invited Eric Jefferson from the same organization in Mobile to discuss the success and what is working to tackle the issue there. The local organization met Tuesday morning at the Schmieding Center in Springdale. The COC is comprised of homeless service providers — like Seven Hills and Havenwood, churches, the VA and concerned community members.

“We’re hoping that more individuals will see that they’re not alone in this, that their fight is everybody’s fight,” Havenwood Executive Director Debbie Martin explained.

Martin said 25-hundred homeless people were identified in the most recent count taken, and about half of those are under the age of 18. To learn more about the issue and how to get involved, you can contact Martin at (479) 273-1060 or email her at debbie@nwahavenwood.org.

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