Volunteer bell ringers also needed
The Salvation has reported that donations to red kettles in Lake County, Indiana are down by 32 percent so far, compared to this time last year, while the need and requests for food and assistance are greater than ever.
The iconic red kettles have been on streets and shopping centers since November 8, with the goal of raising $940,000 to fund the emergency and social services provided by the Army during the holiday season and throughout the year.
Each holiday season, The Salvation Army in Lake County serves more than 11,000 people, provides more than 2,500 food baskets, 8,000 toys and more than 4,000 articles of clothing.
Volunteer bell ringers are also needed to raise much-needed funds to help their neighbors in need. Bell ringers are asked to ring bells for a two-hour shift of their choosing in front of Lake County’s most popular retailers. Student and community groups are also encouraged to donate volunteer time. Red kettles will be on the streets through December 24 with a few remaining until January 4, 2013.
The iconic red kettles and it’s bell ringers are the heart and soul of the Christmas season and are an integral part of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. The Salvation Army receives nearly 70 percent of its yearly donations during the campaign. The funds are used not only to support Christmas programs and services, but to help The Salvation Army serve neighbors in need throughout the entire year. All funds raised will stay in the Lake County community.
The Lake County Salvation Army is also hosting the ‘I Double Dog Dare You’ bell ringing challenge, which allows groups, families and individuals to volunteer as bell ringers the week of December 16 – 21. The top ringer from each of the three categories will be announced Christmas Eve and will receive special recognition at the annual Spring Volunteer Luncheon. To sign up, please contact Dale_Simmons@usc.salvationarmy.org.
To make a donation by mail, please send to
For more information on how to volunteer, please contact The Salvation Army closest to you: East Chicago, 513 W. Chicago Ave., East Chicago, IN 46312, 219-398-2939
Gary-Merrillville, 4800 Harrison, Gary, IN 46408, 219-887-6588
On Tuesday, November 26th The Salvation Army celebrated Thanksgiving. Those we serve throughout the year were invited to share in a full Thanksgiving meal at the East Chicago Salvation Army. The delicious meal, which served about 500 guests, was hosted by Captains Daniel and Nivia Parades. Such an event was only made possible with the help of some incredible volunteers. The Ameristar Casino provided all of the food which included turkey, ham, dressing, potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and of course, pie for all to enjoy. Ameristar employees were on hand to serve the meals to all guests. Despite serving more than 500 meals, one of the servers noted that it didn’t feel like much work at all, because everyone worked very well together as a team. Students from Ivy Tech assisted with serving food, drinks, and most importantly, cleaning up to make room for more guests. East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland, made a special appearance as a serving guest. The giving hearts of a local business and community partners made this event a joy to be a part of.