Taylor Godbold, Kenzie Lyons and Haleigh Martin have already been doing their part with the Salvation Army’s “Cupcake Army” service project, and they’ll be extending their community volunteerism with the newly formed Red Kettle Club at Cape Fear High School.

“We wanted to start something to help out the community,” says Martin, a 15-year-old sophomore at the Cumberland County school. “We will ring the kettle bell at Christmas,” Martin says about holiday donations to assist those in need.

Martin says the club is giving thought about an angel tree for the holidays, another effort to help the underprivileged.

The club, she said, met Wednesday for a brainstorming session, and Martin had some ideas of her own.

“I’m thinking about an Easter basket,” she says. “And maybe a Thanksgiving food drive. And maybe redoing the rooms at the Salvation Army. They have a need for everything from comforters on the bunk beds to shampoo.”

The Red Kettle Club began last year in Tempe. Ariz., by the Salvation Army as a way for high school students to become involved in community volunteerism.

Cape Fear, according to the local organization, is the second charter of the Red Kettle Club in the United States.

The club mission is to educate and engage the young in community service – something Taylor Godbold, Kenzie Lyons and Haleigh Martin will be encouraging other club members to do.

Each club member, according to a news release, is required to participate in four projects per year, one of which is ringing the bells for the Salvation Army during Christmas.

“We hope that by volunteering and giving back to those in need in our community, the students who are members of the Red Kettle Club will develop into the next generation of community leaders,” says Capt. Jason Smith, commanding officer with the Salvation Army here.

Approximately 83 cents of every dollar raised by the Salvation Army is used to support services in 5,000 communities nationwide, according to Jackie Godbold, director of public relations and development here.

To learn more about the Salvation Army, visit salvationarmyfayetteville.org, and if you wish to know more about starting a Red Kettle Club, send email inquiries to Jackie.godbold@uss.salvationarmy.org or call 644-5261.

Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at kirbyb@fayobserver.com or 323-4848, ext. 486.