Due to the effects of COVID-19 and a desire to keep everyone healthy and safe, Ashley County Salvation Army will make changes to this year’s Christmas Bell Ringing Campaign.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we will not be setting up manned kettles  in front of area stores this year,” a representative said. Instead, the organization is asking residents to consider sending donations through the mail to help make up for pandemic related losses. The mailing address is 500 Main St. in Crossett.

“You may give as individuals, church groups, Sunday school classes, or civic organizations,” the group said.

Those preferring to donate in person can still find unmanned stands and buckets at limited locations including CenturyNext Bank in Crossett and Hamburg, Commercial Capital Bank, Timberline Federal Credit Union, and Country Vittles.

Since January of this year the local organization has assisted 63 families with $17,623.38 in assistance that ranges from utilities to rent, lodging and food. 

“Every dollar that is donated stays in Ashley County and is earmarked for assistance,” representatives said. “Not a penny goes for overhead or salaries.

“The Salvation Army Board is comprised of volunteers that donate both time and energy to help those within our community who are experiencing difficult circumstances. We would appreciate any help that you can give during this unprecedented time.”

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