Salvation Army needs a hand for bell ringingIf you’ve been out shopping lately, you may have heard bell-ringing in front of store entrances.
By: Budgeteer News staff, Duluth Budgeteer News
If you’ve been out shopping lately, you may have heard bell-ringing in front of store entrances.
The Salvation Army kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign on Friday, Nov. 8. Bell ringers are encouraging shoppers to drop coins or more into the red kettles.
Although Bentleyville doesn’t open to the public until Nov. 23, Salvation Army major Bill Cox highlighted the importance of the Kettle Campaign to the ongoing work of the Salvation Army against the backdrop of Bentleyville at a press conference on Nov. 8.
“We need more ringers,” Gordon Mesedahl, the agency’s development director, told the Budgeteer just before our deadline last week. To volunteer to ring, phone (218) 722-7934 or go online where you can actually register for a time. Visit www.salvationarmynorth.org/duluth.
The Red Kettle campaign is the nonprofit’s largest fundraising effort of the year. Some 17 area businesses will host Red Kettles and bell ringers through Dec. 23.
When Bentleyville does open to the public, visitors will be encouraged to bring toys and nonperishable food items to donate as they enter. Food and toys received at Bentleyville will be distributed by The Salvation Army to needy families in Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, Hibbing, Chisholm and International Falls.
“Bentleyville has been such a great partner, collecting food and toys for our Christmas outreach, and we’re thrilled to partner with them again this year. Nathan (Bentley) and the Bentleyville volunteers and visitors brighten Christmas for many needy families in our area,” said Maj. Cox; he and his wife Betsy serve as Salvation Army officers in Duluth.
“Duluth today is very different than it was when the Salvation Army first came here in 1892, but the essence of our work is the same. We’re here to share God’s love and to meet the most basic human needs of those who need it most. We couldn’t do it without a lot of help from a lot of generous people, and we’re grateful for help from so many of you.”