Bells will be ringing: Salvation Army Christmas campaign begins Nov. 16

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On Nov. 16, the Salvation Army of LaPorte will start off its kettle fundraising campaign. Salvation Army representatives will be joined by the Michiana Marines Detachment from 9 a.m. to noon that day at the LaPorte Post Office for the ringing of the first bell. The Michiana Marines have partnered with the Salvation Army for the last few years to get the campaign started, one more small way they can give back to their community during Veterans Day week. The Marines will also be using the LaPorte Salvation Army facility, 3240 Monroe St., as a distribution site of the Marines’ Toys for Tots program.   

“Hearing the sound of the bells ringing has always been a part of the holiday season,” said Captain Justin Windell of the LaPorte Salvation Army. “The sounds help to set the scene of the season and it really helps to get people into the true spirit of the holiday season. Part of that spirit is one of giving and helping out those who are in need. As we have seen over the last few years we have been in LaPorte, our local community always rises to the challenge of meeting those needs.”

This year the goal for the kettle campaign is $107,000. These funds will help to serve people in our community through the army’s many Christmas programs, including its Thanksgiving Community Meal, Toy Shop, Adopt-a-Family and Christmas Dinner Basket programs. The funds also help with year-round programs such as the Backpack Food Program, which provides school children with food on the weekends; the food assistance program; and aid to those looking to break the cycle of poverty.   

The LaPorte Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving meal is Nov. 17 starting at 11:30 a.m. at First Church of God, 2020 E Lincolnway. The army is also taking applications for its Toy Shop and Adopt-a-Family services through Nov. 16; this is for families with children 13 and under who need help with providing presents for their children. Applications are available at the army office, 3240 Monroe St., Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“One of the great ways people can also help is through volunteering at the kettle,” said Windell. “This is a great way families can get together, create tradition, show a sense of community service with relatives of all ages and help spread the sound of Christmas cheer.” Anyone interested in volunteering to ring a bell is asked to visit

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