By BRAD KELLAR
Holiday shoppers will soon be greeted by the ringing of bells, a familiar red kettle and trees filled with Christmas wishes from needy area residents.
The Salvation Army of Greenville is starting its annual Red Kettle fundraising drive this week.
Sgt. Wes Trueblood said the event is scheduled for noon Friday on the north side of the Hunt County Courthouse in downtown Greenville.
Among the dignitaries scheduled to participate Friday are Greenville Mayor Steve Reid, Pastor Jim Gatliff with the Hunt County Baptist Association, Herald-Banner editor Caleb Slinkard, Hunt County District Attorney Noble Walker, Dave Weiland representing the Noontime Rotary Club, L-3 Vice President Mark Johnson and Ralph Sanders with the Greenville Independent School District.
The Salvation Army is also in need of volunteers to man the kettles and ring bells during the holidays.
Along with the annual effort to provide local families in need with toys, food and other items for the holiday season, the Salvation Army Angel Tree campaign attempts to match up volunteers who can supply extra special requests for specific young individuals.
Those wanting to volunteer or who may want more information about the Salvation Army can call the agency at 903-455-1875 or visit the organization’s Greenville headquarters at 4601 King Street.