EMMET COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Most people think of them as the holiday bell-ringers with red kettles but the Char-Em Salvation Army works year round to help the community.
The office in Petoskey covers Charlevoix, Emmet and Antrim counties.
The Salvation Army provides an array of services to the community like after school programs for kids, free summer camps, a food pantry, community meals, elders ministry and addiction recovery support.
It also runs a Salvation Army Thrift Store in Petoskey, where 100 percent of the profits go back to Social Services.
The Salvation Army has a staff but relies on its hundreds of volunteers to keep things running.
“Our message is based in the bible," Greg Irwin, Envoy, Salvation Army Char-Em said. "We want to share the love of God, We want to be the hands and feet of Christ, and so we reach out to folks without discrimination. Anyone is welcome to come in and receive our services.”
Besides free summer camps, the Char-Em Salvation Army has some big events coming up.
July 7 is Christmas in July. There will be kettle locations all over the three counties. The event raised about a quarter of its annual income.
October 15-18 the Salvation Army will be hosting illusionist Tom Coverly, who does performances to promote an anti-bullying, anti-suicide message while building self-esteem and respect for others.
Anyone interested in donating or volunteering with the Salvation Army in Petoskey can call or visit the website at sapetoskey.org.