MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the organization. If you haven't noticed, the campaign is in full swing right now.
Captain Doug Winters of the Salvation Army says donations received during these next few weeks will help fund the organization all next year.
"The funds that we raise now go year-round to support the programs of the Salvation Army. And so making sure that we have each of the red kettles manned is important to us. People do want to give. This is an incredibly generous county and all across the U.P. people are very generous," Winters proclaimed.
Winters underscored the need for bell ringers to man each of the red kettles now through Christmas Eve.
"We’re going to be ringing bells right up until Christmas Eve. So there's plenty of time for people to volunteer. That's one way to do it. Just ring for a couple hours if you can. Another thing that we do is we actually will pay some bell ringers to stand out. If you're interested in being paid, we'd have to do that almost right away to get the paperwork in," Winters exclaimed.
Winters says if you'd like to be a paid bell ringer, you must stop by either the Marquette or Ishpeming locations in person. Paid bell ringers will earn minimum wage during their service.
You’ll find Salvation Army red kettles posted across Marquette County in places like Jim's Jubilee in west Ishpeming, and Shopko, Super-1, Econo Foods, Walmart, TJ Maxx, Walgreens and more.
Click here to visit the Salvation Army’s website.