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Accompanied by the familiar sights and sounds of volunteers ringing bells while standing alongside red kettles, the Racine area Salvation Army is again in front or area retailers with the annual Red Kettle Campaign.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, SC Johnson will match donations at area Red Kettles.

To achieve its goals of helping more families, the Salvation Army is asking for volunteers to ring bells at its 20 Racine-area red kettle locations, raising funds for area families and sharing the true spirit of the season.

“Every penny and every bell ringer is important,” said Major Ken Nicolai, corps officer for The Salvation Army Corps Community Center. “This year we’re struggling to find volunteers to ring bells. If you’re able, we encourage you to volunteer a couple hours of your time to assist those who lack necessities throughout the year.”

Nicolai reports that the campaign has raised only $102,000 through Dec. 10.

This will be SC Johnson’s seventh year matching contributions from the Red Kettle Campaign. Last year, the company gave almost $20,000 in match donations to support the Salvation Army’s campaign.

The Salvation Army has run its Red Kettle Campaign for more than 120 years, collecting donations from shoppers at local stores to support programs and activities for economically disadvantaged families, children and seniors. Last year, the organization surpassed its local goal by over $25,000, bringing the campaign total to more than $330,000. The money raised in the Racine-area campaign stays local, helping to provide gifts for children and to other community members in need.

To learn more about the Red Kettle Campaign or to volunteer, visit or call 262-632-3147.

Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.