FLOWOOD, MS (WLBT) - Despite frigid temperatures Salvation Army red kettle collectors were hard at work today across the Jackson area. One of those collectors was Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant who served as one of the hundreds of bell ringing volunteers today.
Bryant rang the Salvation Army's signature bell at the Walmart in Flowood starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Lt. Gov. is part of the Salvation Army's annual red kettle Christmas campaign.
"Their theme is, 'doing the most good'," Bryant said. "And every year at Christmas all my life I've been able to come by and see the bell ringers and see the kettle out."
"I've always thought this part of Christmas is something that really excites me, so I wanted to be a very close part of it," Bryant continued.
Alongside Salvation Army's district Captain Ken Chapman, Bryant encouraged charitable donations from the public.
"As hard as we work in government to try and take care of the less fortunate I always remember it is the first responsibility of missions like Salvation Army and that's why I want to be out here," Bryant said. "This is my home, so I'll see people that I know coming in-and-out and it's just heart-warming to see people dropping these dollar bills into that kettle."
Bryant also serves on the board for the Salvation Army in Jackson.