The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign in Marshall County is up and running for the holiday season. Volunteer Bell Ringers will be out in front of Walmart and at Kroger ringing the familiar bells with the hope that folks will drop in a few dollars or their spare change to help those less fortunate.
Seventy percent of the funds collected here remain in Marshall County to help families who struggle financially throughout the whole year. The Marshall County Salvation Army Service is a United Way Agency and is thankful that both Walmart and Kroger support their efforts to raise these much-needed funds during the holiday season.
Doug Kucera, Salvation Army Director in Marshall County said he needs volunteers to ring the bells. If enough bell ringers volunteer, there will be ringers at both doors at Walmart and at Kroger too. Kucera asks volunteers are asked to work 3-4 hour shifts.
This year the goal is to raise $15,000. Kucera told WTCA that they raised about $12,000 last year and he ran out of money in October. The funds raised assist those in the county with rent, utility bills, food needs, prescriptions, and clothing. The Salvation Army works with the Neighborhood Center and Township Trustees to help those in need in the county. They work closely to make sure no one takes advantage of the system.
To be a volunteer Bell Ringer, text Doug Kucera at 574-540-9105 or stop by Uncle Doug’s Barber Shop across the street from the Plymouth Fire Station. Three or more-hour shifts are preferable, but he is willing to accommodate anybody’s schedule.