For the past number of years, members from First Baptist have participated in the Salvation Army Kettle program by sponsoring and volunteering for a week at the Walmart on Epps Bridge Road. Last year, this effort that included 55 hours of bell ringing by many of our church members raised $3,372.26 for the Athens Salvation Army.
Sadly, due to Covid-19, we will not be arranging for a week of bell ringing this year. The money raised in these few weeks during the holidays is used for their Christmas program of food boxes for families and gifts and clothes for children, but the proceeds also are used throughout the year to fund their many programs including a soup kitchen that is open every evening throughout the year, shelters for men, women and families, summer camping for area children and so much more. Due to Covid-19 they anticipate a very difficult year ahead for the Salvation Army and the people they serve.
First Baptist Athens has been so supportive of the Army and their Christmas programs, and we can still help. If you would like to help with the Kettle program this year, you can send a check to the church made payable to the church and in the memo line write “Salvation Army Kettles”. Cheri Rose will put these checks into an account, and at the end of the season she will send one check to the Athens Salvation Army as a kettle gift from First Baptist Athens. If you would still like to ring the bell you can contact Captain Erik Henry at 706-296-6402 and he will be happy to work with you to arrange a time and location that works for you. If you have any questions about this, please contact Phyllis Nelson