For 138 years the salvation army has brought in the winter months by standing outside storefronts ringing bells looking for donations. This year the organization set a goal of 400 thousand dollars. So far this year bell ringers have raised $282,434.87. That’s just over 118 thousand dollars short of their goal.
Throughout this years campaign city officials and first responders have took to friendly competition to help raise money for the organization. Like this years “Battle Of The Bells” a competition where Rockford police and firefighters went head to head to raise money. This year Rockford police won by 277 dollars. The public service members however raised more than 23 hundred dollars combined. Even with this big contribution though the salvation army still has concern about not meeting their goal. If they fail to hit their goal services that they provide could suffer according to the development director Beverly Peterson ” “What we have to do is then look at the programs and services now it doesn’t mean a cutback on what we’re providing what it might mean is a cut back on how we provide that service. It takes staff it takes someone like me or someone in our program services to be able to deliver those programs and we’ll have to cut back and that will impact how many we can serve.” Beverly Said.
The Red Kettle campaign will rap up the night of Christmas eve. If you missed your chance to donate and would still like to make a contribution there are links below.
salarmy.winnebago.org and https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/rockford