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Kewaunee County prepares to ring bells for Salvation Army

You will soon hear the familiar sounds of bells near red kettles in Kewaunee County. Volunteer recruitment is currently underway now in Kewaunee County as they look to find people for one site in Algoma, two in Luxemburg, and three in Kewaunee.  For the Algoma site, it will feature a new person leading the charge after Jerry Guth stepped aside earlier this year. Salvation Army voucher writer Matt Joski says John Ortlieb is a great addition to what they hope will be a successful campaign.

Most of the county’s six sites will begin having bell ringers on November 29th where they will stay until Christmas Eve. Funds collected by the Salvation Army go towards helping some of the needy families in the Kewaunee County make ends meet when it comes to rent and utility payments. You can find more information about how you can help below.



I know that I wrote on the upcoming Kewaunee County Salvation Army Kettle Campaign a few weeks ago, but there is some significant information that I would like to get out to our community so that we can prepare for a successful season. While all of the various charities that are initiated during the Holiday season are vital to showing our support to those less fortunate and providing resources during this season of giving, the Kettle Campaign is unique in that the charity we provide during the Kettle Campaign sustains us throughout the year.


As the Salvation Army Voucher writer for our county (Yes I would love to have a partner for this role!), I can attest to the value of these funds as we help people with everything from rent payments to utilities in an effort to get them through a tough time in their lives.


The success of the Kettle Campaign is dependent on the presence of volunteers at the various sites as it is an undeniable fact that giving is more likely when a volunteer is there cheerfully ringing the bells versus a lonely kettle standing in the entrance. For this reason we would like to make sure everyone is aware of how to register for the amazing opportunity to ring bells as well as some changes in locations.


First, you can register to ring bells by going to the online sign up at for all of the sites throughout the county. The Kewaunee sites are located at the Piggly Wiggly, Center Court and our new site at Tractor Supply Company. Yhe two sites in Luxemburg are located at Stodola’s IGA and Simonar’s Shell. In Algoma, you can ring bells at Denny’s Super Valu which will be the only Algoma site with Bell Ringers for this year.


If you are not able to sign up online, please feel free to call me at (920)255-1100 and I can get you signed up. All of these sites will begin on November 29th and run through December 24th, except for the Tractor Supply Store which will begin on December 4th.


I want to again thank Jerry Guth for all of his years of service in coordinating the Algoma Kettle Campaign. We are honored that Mr. John Ortlieb has graciously offered to take on this role from Jerry moving forward. Thank you John for stepping up to help our community!


We will also be increasing the use of “Counter Top Kettles” at numerous locations, so please look for those and drop your spare change to help your neighbors in need!


On a side note, I have delivered the Toys for Tots boxes last week to the many businesses who are serving as drop off sites. You have until December 17th to drop off a new unwrapped toy as we will be distributing the toys on December 18th at Holy Rosary Church in Fr. Mike Hall. To register for this program, please contact Deanne at Kewaunee County Public Health. She can be reached at (920)388-7160.

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