The Salvation Army of Rome is gearing up for one of its busiest seasons of the year and needs the community’s help to make it happen. The bells will be ringing soon hoping to receive red kettle donations to support the Salvation Army’s feeding program.
“Every hour a volunteer rings the bell, we’re able to provide food for 13 individuals,” says Captain Jason Smith. “Bell ringers will begin at Hobby Lobby and Kroger (in Rome) on Monday, Nov. 19. Other locations will begin on Black Friday.”
The Bell Ringers will be out at 14 locations throughout Floyd, Polk and Chattooga counties throughout the season until Christmas Eve. The bells will ring Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteer bell ringers are still needed for a variety of shifts.
Volunteers are also needed to help with the Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving Eve Community Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.
“Last year, volunteers served more than 125 of our neighbors in need,” says Smith. To sign up to be a bell ringer or volunteer to help with the dinner, call 706-291-4745 or email: RomeGa@uss.salvationarmy.org.
And then after Thanksgiving, the 36th Annual Can-A-Thon returns Friday, Nov. 30 at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds. The event will be held from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the new convenient location and will include a donation drive-thru service.
“Last year, we provided 11,111 hot meals through our daily feeding program. More than 60 families receive assistance through our Grocery Assistance Program each month,” says Smith. “With over 100,000 non-perishable items collected annually, Can-A-Thon support sThe Salvation Army’s efforts to alleviate hunger throughout Rome-Floyd County.”
An estimated 120,000 cans and non-perishable food items were collected during last year’s event. All items collected benefit the Salvation Army of Rome’s grocery assistance program and are not used elsewhere.
Non-perishable items needed: canned meats, fruit, vegetables, peanut butter and boxed dinners.
Suggested items include:
- Canned Meats: ham, tuna, corned beef
- Canned fruits
- Canned veggies:
-Green veggies are great for pregnant women and children.
-Unsalted veggies are great for people with diabetes.
- Goods/food items that won’t go bad (e.g., rice, pasta, powdered milk)
- Pop-top cans: Easy to open for people who don’t have stable housing or kitchen utensils, like can openers