Bell ringers sound an emergency cry for help

While The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettles remain at the entrances of area stores, shoppers may have noticed things were uncharacteristically quiet this week. Due to the extreme weather, many Red Kettle sites were without volunteers and the seasonal sound of their ringing bells. This has officials for the area Salvation Army concerned.

“The holiday season is our most crucial period of fundraising, with approximately 25% of our income for the year raised in November and December,” shared Abby Block, Development Director. “Our Christmas goal is $525,000 this year and we still have approximately $250,000 of that left to raise. With only six days of bell ringing remaining and just two weeks left until the end of the Christmas campaign, meeting our goal will be a challenge,” Block stated. “But, we also know how generous the people of the Sheboygan area are. We believe it’s definitely still possible to meet it .”

This year’s Christmas campaign has encountered its share of obstacles, the weather chief among them. According to Carrye Jo Cony, Volunteer Coordinator, the brutal temperatures and snow have caused The Salvation Army to fall behind. “The weather certainly isn’t helping matters. We can’t risk having our bell ringers out in such severe cold. Would-be contributors are rushing past the Kettles to get inside to where it’s warm. And this snowstorm just further complicates things for us,” said Cony. “Please know that, whether there is a bell ringer present at the Red Kettle or not, your gift is secure and that it is sincerely appreciated. It may be too cold for ringing, but fortunately, donations don’t freeze!”

In addition to its Red Kettles, The Sheboygan Salvation Army relies on donations from area individuals, businesses and foundations to meet its Christmas fundraising goal. “In order to care for the most vulnerable among us, we truly depend on the generosity of our neighbors here in Sheboygan. We are grateful for each and every gift, whether that be loose change in one of our Kettles or a significant contribution from an area company,” shared Lt. Daryl Mangeri, Corps Officer and Pastor. “Please help us meet our goal this Christmas so we can continue serving the thousands of men, women and children in need who come to us each year,” Mangeri urged. “Thank you and God bless!”

How You Can Help:

Stop in or mail a check to:

The Sheboygan Salvation Army

710 Pennsylvania Avenue

Sheboygan, WI 53081

Make a gift at any Red Kettle

Purchase a Red Kettle Season Pass pin at The Salvation Army, The Sheboygan Pizza Ranch, Festival Foods or any Sheboygan County Kohler Credit Union location

Donate online at

Sign up to volunteer at

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