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Red Kettle Campaign is a success

The Salvation Army of St. Croix County set a goal of raising $113,000 for this year’s Red Kettle Campaign, and with a final total of $113,043.81, the goal was met and surpassed thanks to the help of the many volunteers and contributors.

“It feels great to know that we were able to reach our goal this year,” said Duana Bremer, Salvation Army Social Services Director for St. Croix County. “Without the money we raise dur­ing the Red Kettle Campaign we would have to say no to the families who come to us for help with their rent or utilities.”

The money raised during the campaign will also go to help indi­viduals and families with emer­gency medical, housing, utilities and food assistance right in commu­nities throughout the county.

“Eighty-nine percent of the money we raise during the cam­paign stays in St. Croix County,” Bremer said.

Due to the cold weather this win­ter, the Salvation Army ran into trouble finding people to volunteer to ring the bells at area businesses. But in the end, the generosity of the people of St. Croix County allowed the Red Kettle Campaign to be a success.

“Without the $50,000 that we raise during the Marathon Ring this year in Hudson we would never have made it to our goal,” Bremer said. “We want to thank the mer­chants who allowed us to ring at their facilities and also thank those people who went out to ring the bells as well as those who gave to the campaign.”

For those who might have some interest in ringing the bells for the Salvation Army in the future, signups for next winter are already up on the Salvation Army of St. Croix County website. The Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers to sign up to ring bells this summer during a short “Christmas in July” campaign. According to Bremer, the Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers to help coordinate the bell ringing.

“It works better when we have volunteers who live in the geo­graphical area of the campaigns because then they know the com­munity and where might be best to ring the bells,” Bremer said. “We also need people to help schedule the bell ringing sessions, pick up the money and deliver it to the bank as well as set up and tear down the equipment.”

For more information on the Salvation Army, to find out how to sign up to be a bell ringer, or to volunteer in another way for the Salvation Army please call Angela at 715-485-1221 or visit

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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