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Salvation Army of McHenry County in need of bell ringers

Donations are group's greatest source of revenue

Bell ringers Carin Trotter (from left), Judy Michols and Christine Melone, all of Cary, collect donations Dec. 9, 2016, for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign outside Jewel-Osco in Cary.
Bell ringers Carin Trotter (from left), Judy Michols and Christine Melone, all of Cary, collect donations Dec. 9, 2016, for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign outside Jewel-Osco in Cary.

The Salvation Army of McHenry County is asking residents to man the red kettles and ring bells for a charitable cause.

Money raised from the effort, which has been in existence since 1891, is The Salvation Army's biggest source of income, according to a news release from the organization. Funds raised locally will stay local and support youth, adult and senior programming, as well as emergency services and homelessness prevention year-round.

During the holiday season, funding goes toward a free community Thanksgiving dinner and toys for children in need.

In 2017, The Salvation Army gave out more than 10,000 gifts to 1,000 local children through its Christmas Toyland Shop and Angel Tree program. This initiative was made possible through the all-volunteer bell-ringing program that collected more than $200,000 last year.

For information, visit www.registertoring.com to register or call 815-455-2769.

Registration is open until Dec. 20. The final date to ring bells is Dec. 24.

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