Ringing starts Saturday

Marianne Gillespie

The familiar ringing begins Saturday at Kroger as volunteers donate their time to assist those in need through the Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign.

As in previous years, the celebrities begin the season by ringing the bell for an hour.

Former Mayor Gary Fyke begins the festivities at 9 a.m., followed by volunteer kettle coordinator and service extension director Ed Dutton and his wife, Carol.

Dick Lingenfelter of Lingenfelter Insurance will ring at 11 a.m. followed by former Medina Township Supervisor Bernie Thieben at noon.

Darlene Kumpf of South Side Bank will ring at 1 p.m. and Roger Reliford and the Special Touch Choir will finish the afternoon.

Residents are invited to drop by and donate to their favorite celebrity as they compete in a friendly challenge of raising the most money during their time ringing and enjoy a cup of coffee and a cookie.

The goal remains the same as last year — $12,000.

In just this year through July, the Salvation Army gave out more than $9,200 in Chillicothe and the surrounding Illinois Valley communities.

Included in that amount is emergency needs for rent, utilities, medicine, transportation, food and other necessities.

More than $11,200 assisted residents in need during 2010.

Many groups sign up for a day to ring throughout the holiday season, but individuals are also welcome to donate as much time as they would like.

To sign up, call Dutton at 274-2794.