Red Kettles are popping up all across Kosciusko County, and The Salvation Army's annual Christmas fundraising campaign will be getting a welcome boost on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

On Saturday, also known as "Small Business Saturday," cash donations dropped into Red Kettles across the county will be doubled thanks to a $2,500 matching gift from New Life Christian Church & World Outreach, according to a news release. This match will be used to encourage holiday shoppers to give a little more and make a big impact in the lives of their neighbors in need.

The Salvation Army has worked to meet the needs of Kosciusko County residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to financial and food assistance, a "Prayer Alley" was established to help with the emotional and spiritual care of the community, the release states. Recently, staff has seen a rise in the need for financial assistance with rent and mortgage payments as the effects of the pandemic and shut-downs continue to plague local residents.

The funds raised by Red Kettles in November and December will help to ensure that The Salvation Army can continue to meet these increased needs while providing regular programming and services to the community.

"We appreciate the kettle matches in Kosciusko County," said Envoy Ken Locke of The Salvation Army Warsaw Corps. "People are excited to give funds to ring in the holidays, joining this challenge from New Life Christian Church."

Shoppers looking for a Red Kettle on Saturday will find bell ringers at Walmart and Kroger in Warsaw and the Neighborhood Fresh stores in North Webster and Syracuse. Anyone interested in volunteering to ring a bell this holiday season is invited to visit RegisterToRing.com and find a location, date and time that works for their schedule.

Every donation given to The Salvation Army through the annual Red Kettle Campaign provides help and hope to those in need, and all gifts stay right here in the community where it is given, the release states. Visit SAWarsaw.org to learn more about how you can help The Salvation Army.