Tia Crawford dressed warm and rang enthusiastically as she greeted customers at Montello’s Mobil Station last Friday.  Tia is the first of the students from the National Honor Society at Montello High School to join the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign this Christmas season.  As you see other young people volunteering their time, stop to say hi and to make a donation of change or check to join them in helping your Marquette County neighbors in need. (Photo submitted)


Salvation Army appealing for Bell Ringers

Hillary Giuffre, Red Kettle Coordinator in Marquette County, needs individuals, families, clubs and organizations to adopt a few hours at a red kettle in Montello, Westfield, Oxford, Neshkoro or Endeavor.  Volunteers should have a warm heart and bright smile to greet people passing by.  They can sport Santa hats and caroling voices to add to the fun. The ringing schedule runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in most locations on Fridays and Saturdays and volunteers are asked to cover a two-hour shift.  

Can’t stand for two hours?  Bring a chair or ask a friend to share the time.  Ring as individuals or in groups.  Moms, dads and grandparents can instill in their children and grandchildren the satisfaction of helping others as they ring together.   Formal groups – Lions, 4-Hers, Cub Scouts, and snowmobile clubs – can bring their signs and banners to let the world know who they are and that they care about their Marquette County neighbors.

To fill one or more of the many openings left on the schedule, contact Hillary at 608-697-9002 or reach her by e-mail at hillaryrings@gmail.com.  You can also sign up online at www.mysignup.com/ringmybell.   Make a contribution by cash or check at any big Red Kettle or counter kettle throughout the county.  Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army of Marquette County and mailed to P.O. Box 364, Montello, WI 53949.