Salvation Army launches campaign this weekend
The 2014 Bell Ringing season begins Saturday Nov. 8 in Rhinelander. Last year the Salvation Army collected over $29,000 to assist Rhinelander residents with housing, medical and transportation challenges. Kettle Campaign Coordinator Kim Swisher says this year the goal is $35,000.
“We have partnered with Rhinelander ACES (Area Churches for Emergency Services) to use contributions in an even more efficient and effective manner, Swisher said. “Recognizing the increased need, churches have come together to work with the Rhinelander Salvation Army to create a unified effort to serve our community.”
For every dollar earned in Rhinelander, 86 cents stays here. The remaining 14 cents is used in state and national relief efforts. “This past year, the Rhinelander Salvation Army provided emergency assistance to 355 adults and children, which is a 39% increase over last year,” according to Swisher. “Your efforts and the community’s donations allow us to support local organizations and efforts including the Frederick Place shelter, school back-pack programs, and assistance to local families in need of emergency support.”
The Salvation Army is kicking off the campaign at Shopko, Trig’s, Walgreens and Walmart Saturday. There are two hour shifts available from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The full bell ringing season begins Friday, Nov. 21. Volunteers may sign up online at http://oneidawi.volunteerfirst.org/ or contact Kim Swisher at RhinelanderSA@gmail.com.