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