The Carthage Salvation Army has started its biggest fundraiser of the year, and it's looking for volunteers to help.

The Carthage Salvation Army has started its biggest fundraiser of the year, and it's looking for volunteers to help.
The annual Red Kettle Campaign, with the bell ringers set up at area businesses, started in November and continues through Saturday, Dec. 23.
Bell-ringing continues from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., each day and is divided into two-hour shifts.
Capt. Chuck Cook, co-director of the Carthage Salvation Army with his wife, Dana Cook, said this month-long campaign is the group's biggest single source of money for the next year.
“It's our year encapsulated,” Chuck Cook said. “We raise money one time a year for very very hard, we go at it every day except Sunday in late November and December. This is important for us because it funds is through next December. The coffers got really low this last year and we're really hoping that we can keep the spirit high.”
The Salvation Army has set up two kettles at Carthage Walmart, one at Walgreens Drugs, one at the Dollar General store and one kettle at King Cash Saver grocery store on Central.
Cook said the Army needs volunteers especially toward the end of the campaign the week before Christmas.
“We have a lot of volunteers but we still need more volunteers,” he said. “We're hoping we can pick some people up maybe for the later part of December, we're really shallow there on some days. We're hoping some folks will see this and get ahold of us at 358-2262.”
Cool said the Salvation Army gave away hundreds of turkeys and food baskets prior to Thanksgiving in November.
In December the group will give out more food baskets prior to Christmas and hold a free toy store for people who have applied and been approved for assistance.
The Salvation Army also offers a free daily lunch at its church at Fairview and Grand.
These are three of many programs the Salvation Army Carthage has to help people in need in Carthage, and most of the money collected in Carthage stays in Carthage.
“The level of generosity is always well received in Carthage,” Cook said. “We just thank people in advance, if they've already given we thank you now for that.”