Red Kettle effort underway

OBSERVER photo by Jimmy McCarthy Ed Dragon is pictured ringing the bell at the exit of Tops Markets. Dragon, who’s a Navy veteran, says it’s his first year volunteering for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Effort began Friday, Nov. 10 and continues until Saturday, Dec. 23. This year The Salvation Army has struggled to get enough volunteers to cover all of the bell ringing hours. There have been many hours where the kettles have not been out due to a lack of bell ringers.

“The generous donations of northern Chautauqua County has led to The Salvation Army of Dunkirk to meeting 33 percent of our $60,000 goal. We have more than 67 percent of our goal to still raise in less than 17 days,” said Lieutenant Samantha Lockard.

Online donations can be made at Searching “the Sal — Dunkirk” will lead individuals to the local online kettle.

While The Salvation Army still needs individual donations to make its goal, it is also in need of volunteers to ring the bell. Anyone interested in volunteering to ring the bell for an hour or more can sign up online at or by calling Lieutenant Lockard at 366-3701.

The money raised through the Red Kettle Effort directly effects the services and assistance The Salvation Army can provide to northern Chautauqua County this coming year. All donations made to The Salvation Army of Dunkirk; whether through the Red Kettle Effort, mailers, or online; directly support the programs and services provided to northern Chautauqua County.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in His name without discrimination.