Thanks to the generosity of northwoods residents, bell ringers once again had a successful season raising money for the Salvation Army.
Each holiday season, volunteers brave the cold ringing a bell at the red kettle. Numbers for this season are starting to come in and the immediate area has collected more than $60,000. Here in Tomahawk early estimates say around $31,000 were raised.
The Rhinelander Salvation Army organizers say they collected nearly $28,000. More than 80% of that money stays local, while the remaining donation goes to the state and national efforts.
The Red Kettle campaign, first started in San Francisco in 1891, has traditionally been the Salvation Army’s most prominent fund-raiser recently raising more than $100 million each year. The more than 100 year old program is even staying current with the times. They have begun offering a code reader at some locations allowing people to make donations with their smart phone.