Plover firefighters and EMTs ring bells during the Emergency Provider Challenge in 2018. (Metro Wire photo)

Bell-ringers needed for 2020 Red Kettle drive

Metro Wire Staff

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign kicks off next month, and volunteer bell-ringers are needed.

The campaign, which kicks off Nov. 16, is the Salvation Army’s largest fundraiser. Ed Wilson, director of the Stevens Point Hope Center, said the organization has a goal of $200,000 this year.

The Salvation Army’s annual bellringing fundraiser will go through Dec. 24 as usual, but this year, the need for volunteers is greater than ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wilson said.

The Hope Center operated above capacity for all of 2019 with 13,501 bed nights reported.

The Salvation Army assists families all year long, and the ability to provide for families “depends upon the response that you and I are able to give as a volunteer,” Wilson said in an email. “Your volunteer time will be well used to bring peace and joy to many lives.”

The Red Kettle Board is offering a new challenge for 2020. For each two-hour shift worked, volunteers will have their names placed into a drawing for a giveaway of gift cards, and one special grand prize that Wilson has not yet announced. 

“This means that 10 hours of volunteering will get you five entries,” Wilson said.

Small groups of friends and family members are encouraged to sign up together.

To register, go to registertoring.com.

Contact Wilson at [email protected] or Angela Cook at  [email protected] with questions or concerns.