Editor's note: This story was reported and written by Tribune intern Inessa Hukriede, a senior at Detroit Lakes High School.
As the holidays roll around Salvation Army volunteers are propping out their red kettles and getting ready for donations this season.
The Salvation Army red kettles can be found in Detroit Lakes at Central Market, L&M Fleet Supply and Washington Square Mall, said Michelle Baker, who is the Red Kettle chairperson and the Becker County Salvation Army Treasurer.
Baker said that, during November and December, The Salvation Army gets about 200 volunteers, and the shifts are only about an hour or two long.
“Thank you to the community for your generosity, for the contributions and the many volunteers standing at the kettles ringing the bell. We would not have the success without the volunteers,” Baker said.
The goal for the 2020 holiday season in Becker County is $43,000. Last year, the local Salvation Army campaign raised just over $41,000, she said.
Since 1865, The Salvation Army has been helping people in need; donations made in Becker County typically stay in Becker County, Baker said. Donations go toward the back-to-school project, winter gear, personal hygiene products, emergency services, and a safe place for victims of domestic violence, she said.
Baker said that, as of now, Detroit Lakes does not have “Kettle Pay,” a service where you can just swipe a credit or debit card at a red kettle to donate. Cash and coins are still accepted, as always.
The bell-ringing ends on Christmas Day, but you can still donate on the Salvation Army’s website https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/. For more information on volunteering, visit https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer/ or call Baker at 218-234-9414.