Conway mayor Tab Townsell rings a bell for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign on Thursday morning outside Walgreen’s on Oak Street. The Salvation Army Conway Corps officially kicked off the campaign Thursday. Townsell and Conway Police Chief A.J. Gary helped start the campaign as volunteer bell ringers. "The Red Kettle Campaign is one of our major funding venues," Capt. Ben Walters, corps officer of the Salvation Army Conway Corps, said. "It helps not only support us during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, it helps throughout the year." Before ringing the bell, Townsell urged Conway residents to participate in the Red Kettle Campaign by donating money or volunteering. Last year, the Salvation Army in Conway provided food baskets to 714 families, clothing to 476 individuals and furniture to 143 families, helped 80 households with utilities and helped provide toys and clothing to children through Project Angel Tree at Christmas, as well as food baskets and gifts to seniors and shut-ins during the holidays. The Salvation Army Conway Corps covers Faulkner, Perry, Van Buren and Cleburne counties. For more information or to volunteer, call 329-1712. STEPHANIE FISCHER PHOTO