North County Family to Ring Bell for Red Kettle for 24 Hours

Emily and her sons will stand outside of the Poway Walmart for 24 hours and ring the bell hoping to get donations in the kettles

December is known as the month of giving, and one North County family is planning on giving a whole day to the Salvation Army to help raise money for those in need.

Captain Emily Jones, along with her four sons, will ring the bell for red kettle donations for 24 hours straight starting Wednesday morning at the Walmart in Poway.

The Jones family runs the Salvation Army's Escondido Corps. This holiday season they haven't seen as much money dropped in their red kettles as they'd hoped, and they're hoping their 24-hour marathon will bring in some extra money. 

“Our kettles have been down a little bit this year,” said Isaac, Emily's son. “But one positive about that is it gives us an opportunity to be able to gather around the community and ask for some support."

Unfortunately, Ben, Emily's husband, who is known as the kettle ‘guru’ was officially diagnosed with lymphoma in July and hasn't been able to work this holiday season.

“My dad is sad that he can't be here physically but he is here with us in spirit,” said Isaac. “He is very proud of what we’re doing here.”

Along with other services offered at their Salvation Army location, they provide nearly 9,000 meals a month from their food pantry.

They say they have an air mattress in the back of their minivan, which they will take turns resting in between their shifts. They will be at the Walmart until Thursday, 9 a.m. 

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