Stamford Salvation Army in need of bell ringers, volunteers during holiday season rush

Salvation Army officials says there was a shrinkage in the number of volunteers during the pandemic, even for seasonal workers.

Dec 1, 2022, 5:30 PM

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The Salvation Army in Stamford says the number of volunteers is diminishing as the demand for help rises.
"So, this year in particular, we've increased the number of families we're helping by 100. So last year, it was close to 300.
This year, we've signed up 400 families that we're going to assist with Christmas," Maj. Myron Smith says.
"So that tells you a lot. The need is still great."
Smith says the Stamford Salvation Army saw the number of volunteers for its Red Kettle Campaign go down during the pandemic.
He adds there aren't as many seasonal workers either. Smith says the Stamford Salvation Army also needs more donations for its holiday toy distribution."
I think that's a big a part of it, inflation. People are reserved in how they're spending," Smith says.
The Stamford Salvation Army is hosting an art show Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. at its Selleck Street location.
Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. "What a great gift to give to another person, the gift of a blessing of your time or resources, whatever they may be," Smith says.
"Because that's what really makes this time of year special is when we can serve our fellow neighbor." 
For more information of how to volunteer or donate email Kimberly.smith@use.salvationarmy.org or Myron.smith@use.salvationarmy.org. Those interested may also call 203- 359-2320. 


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