Salvation Army bell-ringers scheduled to begin Saturday
Another holiday season has arrived, and it won’t be long before the red kettles of The Salvation Army appear in front of the Fairfield Hy-Vee and Walmart stores.
Since Thanksgiving comes as late as it can this year, organizers are hoping to have the kettles available for volunteers to ring bells beginning Saturday and continue from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, excluding Thanksgiving Day, through Dec. 24.
“Individuals and groups are welcome and encouraged to volunteer in the effort to assist our less fortunate neighbors here in Jefferson County,” said the Rev. Joseph Phipps, pastor of First Presbyterian Church and volunteer coordinator for The Salvation Army in Jefferson County.
Two community service clubs: Fairfield Kiwanis Club and Fairfield Lions Club, have already committed to ringing bells this year. Fairfield Friends Church and Libertyville Savings Bank also have committed to ring this year.
“It is more fun to participate if two people sign up for the same time slot and work together,” said Phipps.
He said it is recommended volunteers plan to work for at least two hours.
“Also, please dress according to the wind and temperatures as we do not want anyone to suffer frostbite,” he added.
To volunteer to ring bells, call Phipps at 472-4315 or 233-7916 to schedule a day and time.
Phipps announced a change in leadership means First Presbyterian Church and First Church of the Nazarene are now partnering with The Salvation Army in the yearly holiday effort to serve the Jefferson County community.
Phipps said past support for thefundraising effort has been wonderful, and The Salvation Army gives a great big thank you to all who participated in past years with donations of time as a volunteer bell-ringer, as well as to those who contributed hard-earned dollars.
“Between money dropped into the store-front kettle stands, the kettles on counters in a few businesses around town and through donations sent in by mail, we had a good season last year and met our goal of $20,000, which was $4,000 more than the previous year,” said Phipps. “Our goal this year is $22,000.”
Seventy percent of all the money raised is available for use in Jefferson County. The other 30 percent is used by The Salvation Army for administrative expenses.
The locally used funds are distributed by The Rev. Howard Innis, pastor of First Church of the Nazarene.
During the past year, The Salvation Army served 453 individuals, including 141 children, 183 women and 129 men. A total of $17,532.16 was used to meet needs: lodging-motel costs, $449.68; grocery order costs, $815.70, a substantial increase from the previous year; rent costs, $6,626.50; health care costs, $1,208.66; transportation costs, $481.14; utilities, $6,865.38; other costs, $1,085.10.
To mail a contribution, send it to the Rev. Joe Phipps, 200 S. Main St., Fairfield 52556.
For information about the effort, call 472-4315 or 233-7916.