Red Kettle Volunteer Bell Ringer sign ups now open

BEDFORD – The Salvation Army is looking for individuals or groups for this holiday season to be Red Kettle Volunteer Bell Ringers in Bedford.

Red Kettle fundraising begins November 26, 2021, with locations posted at Walmart and Rural King.

Bell Ringers are usually needed from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Volunteers usually donate their time in 2-hour increments.

Those interested in volunteering can email Jim McCreery at or text the Salvation Army at 812-583-1231. Please leave your names and contact information and someone will get back to you. Any check contributions may be mailed to Salvation Army, P.O. Box 94, Bedford, IN 47421 throughout the year.

The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign got its start in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was looking for a way to address a hunger epidemic in San Francisco. His solution was to collect donations in a large soup kettle placed at Oakland Ferry Landing, eventually raising enough to give Christmas dinner to 1,000 of the city’s poorest residents. The idea caught on, and within a decade the kettles, which would eventually be painted red, could be found across the country. In 2018, the national Red Kettle Campaign raised $142.7 million to support Salvation Army programs in every zip code in the United States.

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