MORRIS — The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign has been a long-standing tradition in Grundy County.
Local organizations, church groups, businesses, youth groups, and individual volunteers have made bell ringing for the campaign an annual Christmas tradition, and have helped raise on average $30,000 for the Grundy County campaign. One hundred percent of the funds that are raised from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas are utilized by We Care of Grundy County to help people in need with rent, mortgage and utility assistance.
“Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, We Care will not be ringing this year,” We Care Executive Director Eric Fisher said, “but with the rise in need because of the pandemic, we need the funds more than ever. Fortunately, we have alternative ways to give this year.”
We Care is doing a Virtual Red Kettle campaign online to help raise the funds this year for the campaign. Donations can be made at SalArmy.US/MorrisKettle
In addition to the online campaign, you can give to the Red Kettle Campaign simply by rounding up at the register next time you are at Morris Walmart or if you order from Walmart online. The funds rounded up at the register for the Salvation Army will be go directly into the We Care Red Kettle Campaign.
“We have had a very busy year helping people in need with rent,” Fisher said. “Since the start of the pandemic, we have given out right around $80,000 in rent or mortgage assistance. We anticipate this need to remain steady, if not grow, as the pandemic continues. Any help anyone can give is greatly needed and greatly appreciated!”
We Care of Grundy County is a 501(C)3 charity and a United Way Community Partner.