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Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign to help with learning pods in Knoxville

The red kettle season raised thousands of dollars for The Salvation Army.
Published: Dec. 23, 2020 at 6:18 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The red kettle season raised thousands of dollars for The Salvation Army.

“Believe it or not, there are a lot of logistics with putting red buckets and bell ringers out,” said Daniel Nelson, captain of The Salvation Army of Knoxville.

It was a busy season for Nelson.

“It’s the program we didn’t anticipate,” he said.

This year, part of the money went toward learning pods, which are safe places for students to learn virtually.

“Seeing the students come every day and log on and stay connected and hear comments from teachers encouraging the students and encouraging us, thanking us for working with these students seeing improvements it’s been a real highlight of the year,” Nelson said.

They averaged a dozen students in different grade levels during the the fall semester.

“It fluctuates because if families are staying with us and then they move out, which is a great thing we like to see families move out, it fluctuates,” Nelson said.

Every penny donated helped.

“We recognize that going into this year that it would be a challenge,” Nelson said.

It was a challenge, but the bell ringers didn’t slow down and donors responded to help reach their $100,000 goal.

“The volunteer spirit of Knoxville is wonderful and it’s encouraging to go out there and see their smiling faces.”

Christmas Eve is the last day you can donate to the red kettle in person, but there is a virtual collection in which people can participate.

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