CHARLES CITY- The Salvation Army’s “Red Kettle” is a well known symbol of the holidays. Bell Ringers throughout the United States and world volunteer their time to help raise funds that help local individuals and families in need.
For thirty years, Charles City resident Marilee Monroe has organized Red Kettle efforts in Floyd County. She says when the red kettle program first started in Charles City, people were paid to ring the bell. Today, Monroe begins organizing her list of volunteer bell ringers well before Christmas.
Charles City Salvation Army is part of the Omaha, Nebraska chapter, but 90% of money donated stays locally. Ruth Farmer says she is a member of the Charles City American Legion Auxiliary and has volunteered to ring the bell for 25 years.
Nine year old Luka Moody says she enjoys donating money for a good cause.
Ten year old Jake Tukee says giving money not only helps those in need.
Last year Floyd County took in over $18,000. Money collected is used for many purposes from food vouchers to area school programs. More than 300 people volunteered to ring the bell this year in Charles City.