With the holiday season just around the corner, the Salvation Army is gearing up for its annual Kettle Campaign.
And the M.O.T. Kettle Campaign is still looking for volunteers to help ring in the cheer.
Volunteer bell ringers can help raise $40 or more an hour, said M.O.T. Kettle Coordinator Jim Young, a resident of Middletown.
In 2011, the Salvation Army Christmas Drive in the M.O.T. area collected a record amount of donations.
The more than 150 citizens who participated helped bring in $24,882 for those in need during the month long campaign last year.
This year's Kettle drive will begin Nov. 20 and run until Dec. 24.
Volunteers will ring bells and collect donations in the red kettles outside of several locations in the M.O.T. area, including the Middletown Acme, Super G in the Dove Run Shopping Center, Wal-Mart on Warwick Road, the Dutch Country Farmer's Market, the Shoppes of Mt. Pleasant on Boyds Corner Road and at the Walgreens' in Townsend, Bayview, Route 301 and Middletown Crossing.
Volunteers will also attend Middletown's Victorian Day Parade Nov. 17 and have the red kettles along the parade route, Young said.
Last year's record breaking amount raised was 16 percent more than what was collected in 2010.
In 2010, volunteers raised about $22,000.
In 2011, the average increase in donations nationwide was about 4 percent.
Anyone interesting in bell ringing is encouraged to contact Young at (302) 373-8200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.