Veteran ringers Lindsey Coddington, Lexie LaBlanc, Michaela Yopps and Marta Franseen from the Badger 4-H Club support The Salvation Army at Holliday Shopping Center.  Their leader Mary Coddington encourages participation in activities which benefit the Marquette County community. (Photo submitted)


Revenues down for Salvation Army Bell Ringing

The first three weeks of The Salvation Army of Marquette County Red Kettle Campaign saw a 20% decrease in the number of hours volunteers spent ringing a bell at red kettle locations as compared to the 2011 campaign.  The result, of course, was a smaller number of contributions made to this Christmas season fund raiser. 

Red Kettle Coordinator Judi Pugh is encouraging everyone who has thought about bell ringing but not made the call to contact her.  She especially needs individuals who can ring on Fridays in Westfield at the SuperValu or Folstrom’s Marathon station.  With four weeks to go, she also has many open slots in Montello, Oxford, Neshkoro and Endeavor.  Call Judi at 608-369-1073 or 920-293-8185 to sign up for bell ringing, or e-mail at rjpugh@centurytel.net.   Time spent ringing bells brings in money to help The Salvation Army serve individuals and families with emergency needs.

Filling the bell ringing slots is especially important the weekend of December 7-9.  Contributions received that weekend will be supplemented by the Marquette County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.  That supplement of $1,600 will help many families with vouchers for heat and rent this winter and into 2013. .  Last year’s Thrivent donation added to the other red kettle funds made a difference in the lives of 231 Marquette County residents.

Contribution can be made by check to Marquette County Salvation Army.  These can be put into red kettles or mailed c/o Judi and Ron Pugh, W2155 Eagle Court, Neshkoro, WI  54960.   If you’d like to designate your contribution for the December 7-9 weekend that the Marquette County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans supplements the money raised, write Thrivent on the check.  All contributions by check are acknowledged with a tax-deductible receipt.

Volunteers for this weekend include:
Sparks Grill
Friday, Nov. 30 – Dick Charles
Saturday, Dec. 1 – Dahlke-Rudesill Family, LeRoy and Dala Hengen, Lyn and Kelsey Schwochert

Montello Freitag Foods
Friday, Nov. 30 – Ron Hardt, Diane Eisermann, Jean Kohn
Saturday, Dec. 1 – Todd, Marisa, Anna and Nick Steppke, Carole Tiedt, Linda Lou Wacholtz and Mary Lou Schwartz

Holliday Shopping Center 
Friday, Nov. 30 – Care Wisconsin Employees, Montello High School Change of Heart Students
Saturday, Dec. 1 – Lisa, Kayla and Serenity Lyss

The Montello Store (Mobil)
Friday, Nov. 30 – Need ringers
Saturday, Dec. 1 – Zeb, Melanie, Olivia and Tenley Zuehls

The Neshkoro Store
Friday, Nov. 30 -  Lioness Mary Braatz, Lioness Mary Ellen Wilke, Ron Pugh
Saturday, Dec. 1 –Lioness Ellie Luedke, Ron Pugh, Don Apps

Westfield SuperValu
Friday, Nov. 30 – The Temanson Family
Saturday, Dec. 1 - Harris HCE Club, Springfield Fun-Runners 4-H Club
Sunday, Dec. 2 – Springfield Fun-Runners 4-H Club, Good Shepherd 7th and 8th Grade Class

Folstrom’s Food N Fuel – Westfield -
Friday, Nov. 30 – Patty Ely and Sue Standke
Saturday, Dec. 1 – Springfield Fun-Runners 4-H Club, Good Shepherd 5th and 6th Grade Class
Sunday, Dec. 2 – Springfield Fun-Runners 4-H Club

Oxford Travel Plaza
Friday, Nov. 30 – Karen, Will and Tony Manley, Sheldon Lloyd
Saturday, Dec. 1 - Jerre Duerr, Gary Zarcone
Sunday, Dec. 2 – Harvey Family (Douglas Doers 4-H Club)

Borud Hardware – Oxford – Need ringers
Friday, Nov. 30 – Gordon and Sharon Addy

Gohl Post – Endeavor- Need Ringers