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Neighbors of Kane County

Weather turns red kettles blue

Dec 22, 2016 10:28AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

As extreme weather has buckled down on the Midwest, The Salvation Army of McHenry County has watched their red kettles turn blue.  “It’s difficult to ask our wonderful volunteers to stand outside during periods where the wind chill is so dangerous.  Several of our partner stores allowed our kettle stands to be moved inside for a few days, for which we are truly grateful,” says Captain Carol Lewis, Executive Director of the Salvation Army.

The snow and cold these past weekends has caused a $60,000 shortfall in their red kettle campaign of $200,000.  Volunteer bell ringers are needed along with donations through Christmas Eve in order to meet the goal.  “Weather has cut our opportunities for bell ringing short over these last few weekends. We want to serve in the same capacity as we always have. We need help in order to do that” - Robert Miller, Advisory Board Chairman Salvation Army McHenry County.

Volunteers are needed to ring a bell and can sign up by calling 815-455-2769 or by checking out our website at