Salvation Army Kettle Campaign not far off

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

 Though the fall season is just beginning, it’s not too early to think of the Christmas

season and The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign. The Salvation Army will hold its

annual Bell-Ringer Kettle Appreciation Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Corps Community Center at 2903 W. Nebraska in Peoria.

The breakfast serves as a way to thank the individuals, groups and companies that help ring bells, or provide The Salvation Army kettle sites throughout the annual Tree of Lights Campaign. “The kettles help raise money that is needed throughout the year, and this is a simple way for us to show our appreciation to all the wonderful people in the Tri-County that give of their time each Christmas,” said Major Tom McDowell, who oversees the Peoria bell-ringing efforts.

The Salvation Army encourages individuals, church groups and businesses to visit www.ringbells.org to sign up now. Simply click on Peoria, Illinois and select the store you wish to ring at and see what times are available.

The Salvation Army will formally kick-off its kettles with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. Nov. 11 outside JC Penney’s in the Northwoods Mall and later that evening, will announce its 2011 Tree of Lights Campaign goal at the Be a Shield Gala at Four Points by Sheraton.          

This year’s Tree of Lights Campaign will be the 25th campaign, with the Honorary Co-Chairs to be introduced and announced Oct. 6.