Letter to the Editor

Salvation Army makes a difference due to generous community


To the Editor:

As I look out my window today, the wind is howling and blowing the snow creating terrible visibility. The wind chill temps are well below zero making me grateful for a warm home. It reminds me that for some residents of Rock County, a warm home is not a something they have.

That’s where programs such as the Salvation Army come in.

Each year, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign raises money from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.

All the money raised stays right here in Rock County to assist individuals and families in crisis with things like heating and rental assistance, vehicle repairs or gas so they can get back and forth to work.

But none of this assistance would be available if it weren’t for the generosity of many people who give of their time and finances.

Teal’s Market and Shopko Hometown allow the bell ringers to ring inside their stores. That’s such a blessing for the volunteer bell ringers. All the amazing people who take time out of the busy schedules to ring the bells, Patti Wieneke at Minnwest Bank, and of course all the generous people who give.

I took over the Red Kettle Campaign from Suanne Ohme, who coordinated the campaign for several years. I would like to thank her for her years of service and dedication. I truly enjoyed coordinating this campaign and I look forward to next year. The generosity of this community never ceases to amaze me.

This year, local generosity helped us raised just over $7,200. On behalf of all those who helped and all those who benefit from those funds, we are forever grateful.

Carrie Soto

Red Kettle Campaign Coordinator

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