Billy Mager, 4, Wautoma, son of Michael and Kathie Mager, dressed up as a bell ringer briefly at Stoneridge Piggly Wiggly, Wautoma, on Dec. 8. The Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell Campaign with help of volunteers was able to raise over $33,800 in Waushara County.

Local Salvation Army has record year at the Red Kettles

Community comes together during holiday season to help those in need

Each year the Waushara County Salvation Army tries to raise more funds than the previous year during the annual Red Kettle Campaign. During the 2014 holiday season, volunteers were successful in this endeavor, raising over $33,800, the most money the county organization has ever raised during the holiday season.

Due to the outpouring of kindness and generosity as well as all of the volunteers who helped ring the bell, the Waushara County Salvation Army was one of the top counties represented by Salvation Army Field Representative Christy Duhr. “For Christmas 2014, your county made almost as much as Sauk County,” said Duhr. 

Wautoma Red Kettle Volunteer Bell Ringing Coordinator Roger Charette feels the number of bell ringing volunteers, individual donors, entities and organizations who contributed to the success of the campaign over the 2014 season were the reason for such a successful season. “There are just too many to thank individually,” said Charette. “You start naming people and businesses and you can’t do it justice.”

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