Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign Begins in Lake County

In Lake County, the call is out for bell ringing volunteers to take part in the 2017 Salvation Army Christmas Campaign, which kicked off Friday with the first day of holiday bell ringing this season at Strack and Van Til stores throughout Lake County. Bell ringing at Jewel-Osco, Walmart, and other area businesses in the county will begin the day after Thanksgiving.  The goal of the 2017 Christmas Campaign in Lake County is to raise $780,000 through traditional “red kettle” bell ringing and individual contributions.  This goal accounts for approximately one-third of the cost of programs and services The Salvation Army provides in Lake County annually.  Services include food, utility, and housing emergency assistance; hunger programs; youth programming and summer camp; disaster assistance; and case management/social services.

“Grab a friend, some hot chocolate, bundle-up, and greet your neighbors for two hours,” urges Major Jose Tamayo, Coordinator of the Salvation Army in Lake County.  “Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit faster than ringing the bell and helping some of your neighbors this Christmas season.”

Individuals, families, and groups can sign up to bell ring (for two hour time slots at a time) on The Salvation Army’s online sign-up site, Register to Ring, at