Volunteering isn't an easy task for everyone, and only a select few stick with it for years on end.

The volunteers that make up this community are the ones who keep it going and that is true for Loretta Simmonds, long time Salvation Army Christmas Kettle volunteer.

"I feel that a lot of people need help. I have volunteered since about 1998 and I have thoroughly enjoyed every part of it," explained Simmonds.

While manning one of the kettles helps the community survive in tough times, Simmonds also enjoys other aspects the job brings.

"A lot of people like to socialize with you, and most people are very pleasant. I thoroughly enjoy socializing with people," she continued.

Since she began volunteering in 1998, Simmonds has been one of the most frequent volunteers for the Christmas Kettle Campaign in Drumheller. The Christmas Kettle Campaign started in 1891 in San Francisco and has been one of the most recognized holiday donation campaigns in history.

"This is one of the biggest collections there is for the Salvation Army over Christmas. Usually, it is very easy to get volunteers," concluded Simmonds.

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