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Local Salvation Army groups looking for volunteersSubmitted: 12/06/2019
Story By Angela Kim

Local Salvation Army groups looking for volunteers
RHINELANDER - Salvation Army organizations across the country set out their red buckets and bells, including spots right in the Northwoods. 

However, the local Mincoqua, Tomahawk and Rhinelander Salvation Armies are short of volunteers in the coming week.

Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said that last year, Rhinelander's Salvation Army surpassed their goal of $40,000 with help from volunteers. So this year, the organization is amping up the goal after raising $52,000 in 2018.


"We are upping the goal to $55,000," said Swisher. "We are inviting businesses to do kettle matches [and] to make donations. People are doing that, but it's slowly coming in."

One way Swisher hopes to get donations is through businesses joining and participating in the 'Match the Kettle' campaign. 

Wisconsin Public Service presented $2,000 to the Rhinelander Salvation Army Friday and $2,000 to the Minocqua Salvation Army.

"One of our categories is helping the community [and] helping those in need," said WPS community relations leader Leah Van Zile. "The Salvation Army really reaches those folks that need help and they do such great work with all the volunteers."

People can donate with cash or through a payment on their phone using Google Pay or Apple Pay. 

They can also sign up to volunteer online or by calling 715-362-7157.


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