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Thank YOU! Volunteer Red Kettle Weekend!

Livingston County, MI – The traditional sound of bells ringing at The Livingston County Salvation Army Red Kettles were heard all over the county last Friday and Saturday thanks to the over 400 volunteers that helped us!

Each year The Salvation Army ask busy do-gooders to volunteer time at the Red Kettles. We have never had 100% volunteers and have paid bell ringers to fill in those open shifts.

This year would be different and we accepted a challenge to make December 1st our 100% volunteer day. As of November 30th at 10:30 am the challenge was met! The excited staff and office volunteers celebrated throughout the day until about 4pm when 2 shifts were canceled due to unexpected circumstances. However, the fact that volunteers all over Livingston County helped fill 170 of the 174 hours is something to celebrate!!!!

If that was not exciting enough, once again the Livingston County Realtors Association stepped up and took over half of the shifts on Friday, November 30th! That is over 40, 2-hour bell ringing shifts in one day, done by one organization! To top off the excitement they raised over $5000 of the $8000 total for the day!

“This was an exciting weekend” Says April Dertian, Development Director “Not only were we able to accomplish something that we have never done before. We also saved money that we would have had to pay to hired bell ringers. It’s a double win!”

The season isn’t over yet and there are many more days to help The Salvation Army meet their fundraising goal of $385,000 just by volunteering time. Much needed volunteers can sign for 2 hours shifts online at or call the corps 517-546-4750 ext 347.

Those that are not able to ring outside or would like to do more can help by signing up to Virtual Bell Ring. Virtual Bell Ringers can spread the word and raise money right from the comfort of their home! Sign up to be a Virtual Bell Ringer at

Donations accepted via mail The Salvation Army P.O. Box 647 Howell, MI 48844, online or text Hope16 to 41444 |   visit our website for more information

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