NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — From the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, kettle tenders for the Salvation Army greet shoppers and help raise much-needed money for the charitable organization.
“Not everybody has everything that we’ve got so people need to help each other,” said Waterford resident Mary Ann Gunderman.
The closet at the Salvation Army in New London where they keep all the kettles for the kettle campaign is surprisingly full.
Ideally, they would like to see the closet completely empty and all kettles at local businesses, but this year, they cannot do that because they don’t have enough volunteers or people to man the kettles.
They said they have 17 locations which they usually man, but on Friday they only had nine of those places manned.
They are looking ideally for volunteers who can man the kettles and just ring the bell, be joyous for the holiday season, and get some donations because these donations actually make up 60% of the funding used for the programs here at the Salvation Army.
They also, however, said they will pay someone to do it. About $11 an hour. So if there’s someone out there who would like to work a four or eight-hour shift they can also do that and make a little extra money for the holidays.
“They just need to be friendly,” said Capt. Jose Borrero, New London Salvation Army. “They just need to show the joy of the season. Say, ‘Merry Christmas, happy holiday.’ Let them know that there’s somebody there that is looking out for the community.”
They’re always looking for more volunteers.