Volunteers fuel the Red Kettle drive

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) – It’s the giving season and two ways many people choose to give back is through donating their time or financially. The Salvation Army has ways you can help them and that’s through donating to the Red Kettle or ringing the bells as a volunteer at a Red Kettle.

Marv Wassiki, is a long-time volunteer with the Salvation Army as a Bell Ringer. His first interaction with the Salvation Army was back in 2001, when he was a volunteer at Ground Zero in New York City on September 11th.

I was impressed with what I saw the Salvation Army doing and I wanted to get involved,” Says Marv.

Now he continues to give his time by volunteering to ring the bell during the Salvation Army Red Kettle Fundraising Drive.

All the money collected at a Red Kettle go to the local Salvation Army division to fund their year round programs.


When people put the money in the kettles, I say to them, you are helping send a kid to camp and helping people with utilities or food,” explains Marv.

In Kent County, Red Kettle donations are down 25%. The Salvation Army has set a goal of raising 1.6 million dollars.

If you miss the Red Kettles or don’t have cash on you, you can support the Red Kettles by donating to the electronic Red Kettle.

If you would like to volunteer by ringing the bells to help spread cheer and raise funds sign up here.

WOOD TV 8 has been a long-time supporter of the Salvation Army but partnering with them on the 26th annual Angel Tree Toy Drive. Help children in need celebrate the holidays by donating a toy just for them.

Across West Michigan there are hundreds of Angel Tree locations where you can pick up a tag with a gift selection for child.

Find the closest location for you and more information about Angel Tree here.