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The Salvation Army Red Kettle bell-ringing campaign will begin on Friday Nov. 19.

For the remaining Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays prior to Christmas, plus Friday December 24th, there will be volunteers ringing bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign at Walgreens and Webster’s Marketplace.

In addition, beginning in mid-November, a number of stores in Ripon will have Counter Kettles allowing you to make donations while shopping at those stores. We ask that you be generous in making donations when you pass either a Red Kettle or a Counter Kettle.

Covid, just as in 2020, presents significant challenges. A number of organizations that chose not to ring bells last year have chosen to ring this year, which has increased the number of shifts that there will be bellringing. With this increase in the number of close interactions between volunteers and shoppers our number one concern remains the health and safety of both the volunteers ringing bells and the shoppers donating money in the Red Kettles. The Salvation Army respects everyone’s individual safety concerns; and won’t be reaching out to individuals and organizations who have said they would prefer not to ring bells because of health and safety concerns.

The need remains great. The coronavirus has impacted a great number of people economically, and the Salvation Army wants to be able to help all people in need. Therefore, in addition to maximizing the amount we raise from the Red Kettle campaign, and from the Counter Kettles, we ask you to consider donating by check.

Please send checks made out to the Salvation Army (write Ripon area in the memo line) to:

Stephanie Sauerbrei 1188 West Fond du Lac Street Ripon, WI 54971.

Or, you may want to place your check in the Red Kettle at Webster’s Marketplace on Friday December 17th, anwd Saturday December 18th, as again this year Rob and Kathy Webster will match the amount raised in the Red Kettles at Webster’s on those two days

Our top priority is to not ask people to do something they don’t feel safe doing. But we are hoping that we can count on the generosity of people in the Ripon area through other avenues to raise the money required to help everyone in need.

And we want to thank in advance everyone who has volunteered to ring bells, and who will be putting money in the Red Kettles and Counter Kettles, and mailing checks, to help make the 2021 Salvation Army Red Kettle bell-ringing campaign successful in this difficult time.

— Stephanie Sauerbrei Red Kettle Scheduling Coordinator 2021

1188 West Fond du Lac St.

Ripon, WI 54971

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