Crystal Falls’ Bell Ringer of the Year is Melissa Marcel who, with her children, Joshua and Savannah, helped make this a very successful Red Kettle campaign in Iron County this year. (Salvation Army Advisory Council photo)
IRONRIVER—It was a successful Red Kettle campaign in Iron County this year for the Salvation Army.
The campaign ran from Nov. 11 through Christmas Eve, notes Rebbecca Jones, Kettle chairperson, on behalf of the Salvation Army Advisory Council in Iron County.
“Our initial goal was to raise at least $2,000 for those in need within our community. We have exceeded that goal and are at nearly $3,000,” said Jones.
“This is the first kettle campaign in our county in many years, so we were quite pleased with those who generously donated their time and money,” said Jones.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers! There were two people in particular who went above and beyond with donating their time virtually every weekend.”
Bell Ringer of the Year for Crystal Falls was Melissa Marcell, who enlisted the help of her children, Joshua and Savannah.
The Bell Ringer of the Year for Iron River was Leland Jackson.
“There were numerous groups who were involved in our campaign this year as well, including Forest Park Student Council, Christ United Methodist Church Youth Group, Northpointe Behavioral Healthcare Systems, Kinship of Iron County and the local Key Club.
“Lastly, we would like to thank the community businesses who allowed us to ring.”
Those businesses include Jubilee Foods (Crystal Falls and Iron River locations), Pamida, Fob’s and Bigari’s Ace Hardware.
“Also, a big thank you to both locations of CoVantage Credit Union for selling our ‘paper kettles’ to help with the fundraising goals.
“All donations will be used toward life-changing programs, such as, providing food, heat, electricity and shelter to our struggling neighbors all year round.”
For more information on the Salvation Army, call Tara N. Blagec, acting director, Salvation Army Bread of Life Assistance Center, at (906) 779-5717.
Iron County Advisory Board members include Rebbecca Jones, Helen Cueny, Tim Novak, Jeanne Miilu and Jerry Bugby.
“We are always looking for more people interested in becoming Advisory Board members.”