“This event will serve as an opportunity to bring people together from all walks of life to celebrate one common cause: helping those in need,” said Chantel Millin, community and corporate relations coordinator, in a written release. “The entire community is invited to attend and enjoy an awesome time of fun, fellowship and great music in celebration of kettles and the opportunity to give hope and a helping hand.”
Musical groups from different genres of music will perform, including Kindred Band, Wonaway, the Rose Heights Praise and Worship Band and The Salvation Army Praise and Worship Band. Kettles will be on site at the concert for the community to begin donating.
While The Salvation Army in Tyler has had volunteers fill all the bell-ringing hours in the past, last year they had to use paid positions to fill the unclaimed hours.
“We’re hoping to have volunteers fill all the time slots again this year,” Ms. Millin said.
Bell-ringing officially begins Nov. 23 and continues through Dec. 24.
Last year, the nonprofit collected more than $237,000 from the kettles alone, and more than $825,000 for their total Christmas campaigns. This year, organizers hope to raise more than $840,000.
“These campaigns fund all our programs for the entire year,” Ms. Millin said. “More than 2,000 families received food baskets, toys and clothing last Christmas alone.”
Concert attendees will have an opportunity to donate money as well as time by signing up to ring a bell.
Volunteers can begin signing up now at www.ringbells.org and view other volunteer opportunities. To learn more about The Salvation Army, go to www.salva tionarmytyler.org.