Salvation Army Kroc Center holds annual Red Kettle Ring Off

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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.--- The Salvation Army Kroc Center held its 8th Annual Red Kettle Ring Off on Giving Tuesday. The cities of Mishawaka and South Bend square off each year to see which branch of the Salvation Army can raise the most money.

“We just put that together, our kettles are out there we just created a friendly competition over the last few years, our reigning champion is South Bend,” said Major Monty Walding, the Kroc Center’s Senior Officer.

This year donors were able to give through the classic red kettles, on their phones, or even on their computers.

“We’re just excited today to try and make it easier for people,” said Walding. “To make it as simple as possible for people to support our community and those in need.”

Officials say the money raised during the holiday season helps families in need year-round.

“We’re going to spread that out to help with utilities,” said Walding. “We’re going to spread that out to help with sometimes funeral expenses for people, with our food pantry, all those kinds of things, with Pathway of Hope, so when we’re working with families we’re offering classes like getting ahead.”

Officials say the COVID pandemic has made it more important than ever to raise money for the Salvation Army.

“So many people are in need,” said Walding. “We’re seeing different things happening, need in different ways.”

The winner of the Ring Off will be announced on Wednesday. For more information on how to donate online, click here.  

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