Salvation Army Red Kettles are out


The familiar sound of the bells ringing returns today as Salvation Army kettles will be all over town - at nearly 150 sites throughout the city.

It's an unmistakable sight, and sound, of the holiday season. You may just be putting pocket change in here or there, but that adds up to millions of dollars to help those who need it most.

The Salvation Army kicked off their biggest fundraising effort of the year yesterday with the Tree of Lights campaign that helps people in Central Indiana throughout the year. The Salvation Army provided hundreds of thousands of meals last year and shelter for hundreds of people.

Jewell Marks, who was a homeless drug addict just 17 months ago, now has an apartment, a job and is sober. The Army's programs provided hope. And much of those are funded by small donations.

"It doesn't matter what you put in there," Marks said when talking about donations to the kettles. "Just think that your money is going to helping the poor and the less fortunate

Marks said the Salvation Army saved her live. "Today I am living a life by the grace of God and the help of those who put their nickels, dimes, quarters - whatever they put in there."

So even a little ends up going a long way. It's easier to give now than ever, as the Salvation Army will have credit card readers to take donations at some locations, or just rely on the old fashioned way of dropping money in the kettle.