For the Daily Call

Bell-ringers needed

PIQUA — The Salvation Army of Piqua has kicked off its annual Red Kettle Campaign with a goal of $45,000. The campaign runs through December 24, 2016.

“The needs of our community are great, so we’ve set an aggressive fundraising goal for 2016,” says Major Robert Kramer. “This is a generous community and I’m confident that with the support of our great retail partners, staff and bell-ringer volunteers, we’ll reach our goal.”

During the holiday season, people drop money into a red kettle for different reasons. Sometimes a donation is inspired by a personal experience or story and sometimes it’s prompted by the desire to give to a trustworthy organization. The Salvation Army is encouraging people to share their reasons for giving on their social media pages using the hashtag, #RedKettleReason.

The Red Kettle Campaign serves as The Salvation Army’s largest fundraising effort and supports regional and local programs such as shelters for those affected by domestic violence or homelessness, food banks, youth development programs, emergency disaster relief services and other vital community services.

In addition to the Red Kettle locations, donations can be made online via the virtual red kettle at, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or sending a check to 129 S. Wayne St., P.O. Box 615, Piqua, OH 45356. Donations stay within the community to help fund vital programs and services for those in need of a helping hand.

There is a great need for volunteers to be bell-ringers during the campaign, and this provides a tremendous benefit to the mission of The Salvation Army. For questions about volunteering as a bell-ringer, please contact Major Robert Kramer at (937) 773-7563, or

Bell-ringers needed