Red Kettle ringing a “joyous job”

Betsy Gaines, Lillian Castro

It’s not a tough job! It’s a joyous job,” said Betsy Gaines, Riverside resident and member of St. John’s Presbyterian Riverside, as she greeted shoppers at the Roosevelt Square Publix during The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign to help feed the hungry. “It’s a way for us and our church to connect with the community and serve the neediest among us.” Gaines has rung the bell off and on for six years, and granddaughter Lillian Castro of Lakeshore is doing so for her second year.
Ortega resident Malcolm Fortson, also a member of St. John’s Presbyterian is a 15-year annual bell ringer, and is happy to do so as well.
“St John’s Presbyterian members are great supporters and do an awesome job at bell ringing – so organized and always reliable and happy!” said Jill Black, Salvation Army Public Relations Coordinator. The 2012 Duval County goal of $375,000 will feed hot, nutritious meals to more than 325,000 people and provide 70,000 nights of shelter for the homeless, according to Black.

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