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Local officials and Salvation Army leaders come out to kick off the bell ringing campaign on Nov. 30. From left, Marysville-Tulalip Salvation Army corps leaders Lynn McCoy and Bruce Nelson, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and Marysville-Tulalip Salvation Army social services coordinator Jenny Roodzant.

 

The organization has seen increased need and decreased fundraising because of COVID-19

The Marysville-Tulalip Salvation Army kicked off their annual holiday bell ringing campaign on Nov. 30.

Volunteers with the organization will again be at stores throughout the community this Christmas season to collect donations.

"We weren't sure if we were going to be able to do the bell ringing this year," said Jenny Roodzant, social services coordinator with the local Salvation Army organization.

In addition to the physical bell ringing, they will also be hosting a virtual red kettle bucket at marysvilleredkettle.org.

"I encourage people to post it, share it on social media, and all that money donated goes to us locally," said Roodzant.

The Marysville Salvation Army has had a busy year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and at the same time has been hampered in their fundraising efforts.

"We weren't able to do our fundraiser this August," which usually brings in a large amount of donations to the organization, said Roodzant.

The red kettle donations may be fewer this year, as well, because the stores aren't open at full capacity.

This is at a time when the organization is providing more assistance than they would in a normal year.

"We've had a huge increase in people that need help with their rent, mortgage or utilities," said Roodzant.

The organization typically provides assistance to those who are about to become homeless.

There are many people across all demographics who previously thought they were secure coming in for help for the first time this year, she said.

"I think with COVID there have been so many people who have lost their jobs or been put on furlough," said Roodzant. "People who thought they would've never needed this kind of help."

For homeless individuals, it's more than just about finances because the Salvation Army has seen an increase in need for case management.

"There's a lot more people who want to get off the street, and I think that's because it's scary out there with COVID right now. It has made it a lot harder for the homeless," said Roodzant.

Those who want to help the organization can donate in person, online at marysvilleredkettle.org or help the organization's programs.

Because of COVID their facility has limited capacity, but those who want to help can provide assistance from their home.

The organization plans to have a socially distanced, outside Christmas dinner for homeless individuals.

"If anyone is interested in cooking a meal and bringing that down that would help us," said Roodzant.

They also run a toy drive program that picks up additional families after the Marysville Toy Store deadline has passed. So far there have been 500 kids registered for the program.

"If anyone is interested in adopting a family," they could help provide gifts to a family in need this year, said Roodzant.

More information about the organization's assistance program is available at 360-926-2228.

 

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