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It’s that time again, when The Salvation Army prepares to help hundreds of families in in the St. Petersburg/South Pinellas County area with gifts of love and hope for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

YOU can make a difference  by joining us in a number of Thanksgiving and Christmas volunteer initiatives.

BELL RINGING: Nov. 17 – Dec. 24
Change Goes In. Change Comes Out! Give Hope!

A special goal is to increase the number of Volunteer Bell Ringers this year. The annual Red Kettle Christmas fundraising campaign started in 1891 when a Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco set up a crab pot at Oakland Ferry Landing to collect donations to feed the poor at Christmas. The campaign has since become one of the longest-running and most recognizable fundraising efforts in the world.

Be an ambassador to the community for The Salvation Army. Your club, group or company employees can ring bells at a community location to help us raise funds and give hope to families in our community. Minimum shift is two hours but why don’t you take a day and ask your friends to ring?

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Holiday Assistance Calendar

[/vc_column_text][vc_accordion][vc_accordion_tab title=”PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS FOOD DRIVE”][vc_column_text]Donated trucks, drivers and loaders needed to pick up and unload food from schools Nov 12 -16 and Nov 26 – 30  – 8:30am-4:30pm[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”ANGEL TREE”][vc_column_text]

Nov. 10 – Dec. 8 
Volunteers are needed at the Angel Tree Booth located inside Tyrone Square Mall (by JCPenney). Hours are flexible from 11am to 8pm Monday through Saturday. Minimum 2 -hour shift.

To volunteer email Ronald.George@uss.salvationarmy.org.

To ‘host’ an Angel Tree in your office/lobby/store/church. Contact Randi-lyn.Farrell@uss.salvationarmy.org

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Nov. 24
Come help prepare, serve and clean-up after the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Volunteer shifts from 8:30am to 2pm.

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Dec. 24 
Come help prepare, serve and clean-up after the Community Christmas Eve Dinner. Volunteer shifts from 8:30am to 2pm.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”CHRISTMAS CANNED FOOD SORTING”][vc_column_text]Come help sort through the canned food collected from the school drive and bag Christmas meals to be distributed to families. December 3-7 flexible hours 8:30am – 4pm – Lifting may be required[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”CHRISTMAS TOY SORTING”][vc_column_text]

Dec. 10-14
Help sort and package toys for children in the community.
Hours are flexible from 8:30am – 4pm.

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Dec. 17-18
Distribution of food, toys and other assistance to approximately 600 families from the community. Flexible hours from 8:30am – 4pm each day.

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For more information about volunteer opportunities 
Call Ronald George at The Salvation Army 727-550-8080 ext. 328 or email at Ronald.George@uss.salvationarmy.org.