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Salvation Army red kettle campaign starts Friday

Story By Morgan Johnson
Local News Published 11/19/2020 5:27PM
Rhinelander, WI - Friday is the start of the Salvation Army's biggest fundraiser of the year.

The Red Kettle Bell Ringing Campaign gets people in the spirit of giving.

Tom Jerow is a bell ringer because he gets to meet tons of people. Jerow's been bell-ringing for over 30 years.

"I get more out of it than just the donations," said Jerow. The money collected from these donations stays right in Rhinelander. 

"86 cents of every dollar comes back to Rhinelander to help people in Rhinelander," said Jerow. "It's like helping your neighbors through a tough patch in life."

But that's not the only way the Salvation Army helps. "We help a lot with utility bills and rent, keep people from becoming homeless," said Jerow. "That's primarily what we do in Rhinelander. We have a great partnership with the food pantry."

As expected, things are a little different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of standing right next to the kettle, ringers will stand a few yards away to practice social distancing.

There's even a touchless donation option by scanning a QR code with a smartphone.

Jerow says even though bell ringers don't have face-to-face contact this year, their goal remains the same.

"It just is a great way to make sure everybody has a great Christmas," said Jerow.
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