Salvation Army seeks assistance in helping others in Brevard


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Salvation Army volunteers help sort through donated items from last Christmas.

Courtesy of Maj. Jim Spencer

As the holiday season approaches, the familiar sound of bells can be heard in public areas and storefronts, ringing out for donations for The Salvation Army.

Each year, volunteers for The Salvation Army ring bells beside a traditional iconic red kettle, asking for donations for those in need.

This past year, however, has been somewhat difficult for The Salvation Army. Donations are needed more than ever.

“Generally, each year during the fall season, we usually have our slump in funding,” said Maj. Jim Spencer, a corps officer for The North Central Brevard County Salvation Army. “(The slump occurs) as people are still on vacation or just don’t think that there is a need any longer. It could be because it is not the Christmas season and we generally are out in the public eye. This year, that slump has just been harder than expected in conjunction with some grant funding that has finished its round and is now no longer available to us.”

The majority of donations come from the Christmas season, starting Nov. 23 and running to Dec. 24, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at various locations around the northern half of Brevard.

“We always encourage people to ring as much as possible because with an increase in volunteer ringers, we are able to keep our fundraising costs down. This in turn allows us to assist more people throughout the year,” Spencer said. “They will be collecting funds to allow us to help people in need through our emergency social services program, our domestic violence program and our soup kitchen that serves 3,000 meals a month.”

Volunteers can register online at registertoring.com, they can select the location they want to volunteer to ring at as well as the time slots that are available.

“The most rewarding aspect of working for The Salvation Army is being able to help the many people that come to us each year for help during their time of crisis whether it is for rental assistance, utility assistance, emergency food, domestic violence shelter, toys and food for their families at the holidays or assistance with recovering after a time of disaster,” Spencer added.

“Most of the time, they only need emergency assistance for a short period of time to get them back on their feet. People who come to us for assistance are very grateful for the help and we hope that by our willingness to help them that they will then remember that time of assistance when they are asked to help someone else in their life.”

The North Central Brevard County Salvation Army is located at 919 Peachtree St. in Cocoa.

To assist the Salvation Army in helping others in the community, go to salvationarmyncbrevard.org, or call 321-632-6060, ext. 18 for more information.