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ASHLAND – The Ashland Salvation Army Kroc Center kicks off its 2019 Christmas Season on Saturday, November 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Ashland Walmart with a toy drive and of course, its trusty kettles and bells.

Members of the organization's advisory board, as well as other volunteers and Kroc Center employees, will man the kettles and toy bins at both main entrances to Walmart, and Mayor Matt Miller will be on hand at 10 a.m. to help kick off the season.

With a later Thanksgiving than normal, the Salvation Army hopes to make up for lost time with an early start, a press release said.  

The Salvation Army has been ringing bells and filling kettles for the last 130 years across the United States in order to help feed people in their community who need assistance.

For the first time in that history, the organization will be accepting digital donations at the kettles here in Ashland. This will be offered via Google Pay or Apple Pay. 

Kettles will be set up for the season starting on November 15 at Miller’s-Hawkins, Buehler’s, Fin, Feather & Fur Outfitters as well as Walmart. 

New, committed volunteers are always welcomed to join in ringing bells or serving in our food pantry under our new coordinator, Theresa Watson. Anyone interested can fill out an online form at to start the process of volunteering. Or they may also call the welcome center at 419-281-8001. Groups are encouraged to volunteer for kettles and bells. 

The holiday season, particularly Christmas is The Salvation Army’s busiest season of the year. The organization will continue to provide community meals during the week at 11 a.m. inside the Kroc Center in addition to our regularly scheduled food pantry hours.

Additionally, the Kroc Center will serve as a warming center during the coldest times of the year. 

Follow @AshlandKroc on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for potential weather closings or changes to our schedule of kettle operations. 

For those interested in offering corporate and individual sponsors for the Kroc Center's programs, visit or call 419-281-8001 and ask for Brandon Wells. 

About the Salvation Army: The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to or

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