Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Begins

The first day of the Salvation Army's red kettle campaign is a little early this year to get fund-raising momentum started early, and bell-ringers say the first hours on Friday involved lots of kettle-stuffing.

“It sure has so far,” said bell-ringer Don Radle. “Yeah, surprisingly.”

He says he and his wife spend their time ringing and thanking donors in an effort to return a favor to the Salvation Army.

“We've gotten things from them when we were in need,” he said.

The timing is right on too, as Captain R.C. Duskin says the organization needs the money to fill its food pantry, and to run youth programs and help families with rent and utility costs.

Last year, Duskin says the campaign fell about $60,000 short of its goal. This year he's hoping for a better result.

“More people have been coming in for assistance and we just haven't been able to help in different ways.”

The kettles will be out until December 24, and the salvation army says it welcomes more volunteers. Right now, Duskin says he has about 20 people and groups committed to bell-ringing.

“We're going to be busy for the rest of the season,” Duskin said.

Don just hopes his time shows people that the Salvation Army does important work that can't happen without a dollar here and a dollar there.

“Seeing the pot get full, that's success,” he said.

It’s also letting a man who got the help he needed once upon a time give back one “ding” at a time.

The Salvation Army says it's always looking for volunteers. To sign up, click on the link below.


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  • by Teri Location: Eau Claire on Nov 7, 2010 at 12:45 PM
    Hey Anon: Need doesn't have a season. If the Salvation Army is good enough to do their part, it shouldn't matter what time of the year it is. Toooo early for you? So sorry that you will be dispositioned over this. Stay home and the rest of us will have fun. LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!!
  • by resident on Nov 7, 2010 at 04:50 AM
    Mark, Nov 6, OMG, that is a whole nother subject..lol I thought my best friend was the ONLY fruitcake to set up a tree that soon! She has a white tree, all lights going, plus all outside decoration lit up ALREADY! She uses that same darn tree for all theother holidays using appropriate decorations for that time. Off subject, I know. Regarding the present 'bill ringers', I too agree, it is MUCH too soon, plus also, I am one that only carries my Debit Card, no cash, no change, no purse, or billfold to load me down with junk ,I DONT need.
  • by C on Nov 6, 2010 at 07:59 PM
    Good work to these people, but I personally can not get into this this early. Same with Menards and Halloween and xmas displays up toooooo early. I try not to go there when they are soooooo early.
  • by anonymous on Nov 6, 2010 at 06:53 PM
    No, Mark, I don't put the tree up after halloween - I wait till the week after Thanksgiving, but thanks for the concern. I'm just sick and tired of people that are so miserable in their own lives that they feel the need to rub off on everyone else while shopping. I'd prefer that people like Anonymous at 8:18 pm just stay home and shop online since she can't figure out how to merely walk past the kettles if she's so unhappy with them!
  • by Mark on Nov 6, 2010 at 03:26 PM
    Anonymous at 9:55 pm. Don't tell me you're not one of those that puts their tree up right after Halloween.
  • by Teri Location: Eau Claire on Nov 6, 2010 at 10:52 AM
    The salvation army is so awesome. Christmas is a time of giving...love. I love to give to them. They have done so much for children at Christmas time. They are the ones standing in the cold....trying to raise money to make kids happy on Xmas morning for families that can't for whatever reason, make it happen. All we have to do is drop some money into the bucket. They do the rest. It seems that people have gotten so hard. Next time you're out and about....look into the eyes of these beautiful little ones. I'm sure a lot of their lives aren't that great. I love hearing the bells and love sharing. After all that's what it's about.I feel really sad that they won't be out and ringing there bells. People, soften your hearts. Smile again. Be warm in your hearts...love. I know that I will be giving this year again. Why? I love to think because of me, a little child is smiling on Xmas morning. I pray to God that I never get too cold and uncaring to ever stop wanting to help children. Amen.
  • by JB Location: EC on Nov 6, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    This is a great, with one problem: the majority of people use check and credit cards now to pay for everything. There are not many people including myself walking around with cash or change. I feel bad when I walk past a kettle, because I don't physically have any money to give.
  • by Janice Craig Location: Holcombe on Nov 6, 2010 at 09:24 AM
    My husband has already said "Let's go ring bells". We are delighted to give to Jesus you see He is the One who gave us everything includeing salvation. You are not just giveing to Salvation Army as they cannot give back 30,60,100 fold as Jesus can do. I think annonymous needs Jesus to open his eyes "but for the grace of God there go I".
  • by JO Location: Fall Creek on Nov 5, 2010 at 09:47 PM
    The Salvation Army kettles & bell ringers are out early because of the great need in the area. We all must support the charities that we believe in or we will lose them and the work they do to make the Chippewa Valley a better place for all.
  • by another anon Location: ec on Nov 5, 2010 at 08:29 PM
    I don't plan on boycotting anything, but I have to agree with the first. It is too early for the annoying bells. We haven't even hit Thanksgiving yet.
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