Bell ringers are the heart and soul of the Redwood County Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign, and it has been observed that many more donations are put in the kettle when a bell ringer is present than when a kettle stands by itself.
The Redwood County Salvation Army Bell will be rung at Tersteegs and Runnings this season. Local organizers say bell ringers of all ages are needed throughout the season until Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 for 2 hour shifts from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., except for Thanksgiving and Sundays. To volunteer to ring the bell, contact Chad Kamholz at 507-430-1172.
The bell ringing season starts each November and runs through Christmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises money to provide area individuals and families in need with medical prescriptions, car repairs, gas, diapers, food, groceries, motel stays, bus passes, utilities, and rent.