The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign for Barron County has the goal of raising $80,000 this holiday season, reports Tom Bremer, SA representative for Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
Last year’s countywide campaign raised $64,617, and more than $2.7 million was collected in rural areas of Wisconsin during the 2018 ringing season. Apple Pay and Google Pay are new ways to give this year.
This season’s honorary chair is Jeffrey Frischmann of Link Ford at 2700 Decker Drive, Rice Lake, whose employees are ringing bells on Black Friday, the first day of the bell-ringing season, and whose business is also doing a Coats for Kids drive.
Link Ford is collecting new or lightly-used children’s coats, boots or snow pants and new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, long underwear and socks through Saturday, Dec. 14.
Items received will be donated to Benjamin’s House, Heart Island Family Enrichment Center and Boys and Girls Club. Find out more at Facebook.com/linkmotors.
Red Kettle coordinator Tara Burns said, “Your generous gift will be an act of true compassion for families who are struggling.
“Have you ever been in a place where you just wanted to give up? You just didn’t see how you could do on? Then something happened that made you go on. Maybe it was a hand up, just a little help and hope.
“That’s what Salvation Army offers, hope. I hear from so many families who now want to volunteer and give back a little of what they have been given. The Salvation Army helped them when they needed it most.
Burns shared, “Every year I look forward to bell ringing. The sound of bells reminds me of my childhood and the wonder and excitement of Christmas. I want to help all kids feel that same way. You can, too, by donating your time to ring the bells.
Sign up online at SAbarron.org or call 715-234-2799 or 715-637-3255.
Bell-ringing sites in Barron County include the following: Marketplace Foods, Walmart, Farm and Fleet and Hobby Lobby in Rice Lake; Nilssen’s Foods in Cumberland and KJ’s Fresh Market in Barron and Chetek.