Members of the Salvation Army, some coming from Mississippi, play Christmas music at the ribbon cutting. (KTVE/KARD)
MONROE -- The Salvation Army of Monroe officially kicked off it's Christmas season efforts in the community.
On Monday, the charity is rang in its Red Kettle drive and Angel tree program. A ribbon cutting was held at the Jack Howard Theater in Monroe, complete with a live band of Salvation Army corps members playing Christmas music.
The Angel Tree is an opportunity for the community to give to less fortunate children and -- for the first time this year -- senior citizens.
Meanwhile, bell ringers are already working at locations across the ArkLaMiss.
"Give a little, everybody who runs by a kettle, just please drop something in there because it goes back to the community," said Lt. Jerry Williams, corps officer of the Monroe Salvation Army.
The goal for the kettle drive this year is $300,000.The money will be used to help struggling residents with needs like utilities, rent, and food in 12 parishes, year-round.
"There's a lot of hurting people out there. A lot of hurting people who need a little utility assistance when the heat prices are up, people who need a little extra food on the table," said Williams. "There's a lot of families with a lot of kids who do go hungry."
For more information, visit the Monroe Salvation Army Facebook page by clicking here or call (318) 325-1755.
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