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McHenry County cold spell freezes The Salvation Army's red kettle donations

H. Rick Bamman – hbamman@shawmedia.com 
McHenry County College concert band members and Salvation Army volunteers Bruce Lane of Cary, with a vintage Salvation Army cornet, and Terri Bohl of Hebron, with a trumpet, play Christmas music Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in front of the Crystal Lake Walmart. Extreme weather has caused a $60,000 shortfall in The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign of $200,000. Bell ringing ends on Saturday, December 24th. For a video visit NWHerald.com.
H. Rick Bamman – hbamman@shawmedia.com McHenry County College concert band members and Salvation Army volunteers Bruce Lane of Cary, with a vintage Salvation Army cornet, and Terri Bohl of Hebron, with a trumpet, play Christmas music Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in front of the Crystal Lake Walmart. Extreme weather has caused a $60,000 shortfall in The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign of $200,000. Bell ringing ends on Saturday, December 24th. For a video visit NWHerald.com.

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Salvation Army of McHenry County set a goal to collect $200,000 from this year’s Red Kettle Campaign. However, because of recent freezing temperatures, the campaign is short about $60,000.

“It’s difficult to ask our wonderful volunteers to stand outside during periods where the wind chill is so dangerous,” Executive Director Carol Lewis said. “Several of our partner stores allowed our kettle stands to be moved inside for a few days, for which we are truly grateful.”

With more than 50 red kettles set up around McHenry County, the Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s biggest fundraiser of the year. But donations still are falling short of expectations.

“We want to serve in the same capacity as we always have. We need help in order to do that,” said Robert Miller, advisory board chairman of The Salvation Army McHenry County.

Along with needing more donations, more volunteers also are needed through Christmas Eve. To volunteer, people can sign up by calling 815-455-2769 or by checking out its website at www.salarmycl.org.

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