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Back the Bells

It will take a small "army" of volunteers to help The Salvation Army reach its $170,000 Kettle Campaign Goal.   Papa Johns Pizza, Sunny 97-7 and 95-1 & 96-1 The Rock created the Back The Bells contest to ramp up bell ringing fun, fill the 3100 available bell-ringing shifts and help Fond du Lac's biggest volunteer hearts win some terrific prizes!   

When: November 8 - December 24
Where:  At 16 Floor Standing Red Kettles spread throughout The Salvation Army of Fond du Lac service area locations 

This  year's competitors will try to unseat the 2018 reigning Champs:

  • Top Individual Bell Ringer of Fond du Lac County: Darrell Jewson 
  • Top Youth Bell Ringing Team of Fond du Lac County: Waters Elementary School 
  • Top Adult Bell Ringing Team of Fond du Lac County: The Fabulous Morning Kiwanis 

Are you ready to go the extra mile to support the Red Kettles?  Enter this year's Back The Bell competition and show us all your Christmas spirit!

Individuals                                  Teams

Bell Ringing

When you put on your best smile and ring a bell alongside a Salvation Army Red Kettle, your kindness changes lives.

Your help makes all the difference in our ability to serve. Bell ringing attracts the change we need to continue our warming shelter, food pantry, youth programs, spiritual outreach, crisis services, sufficiency programs and a Pathway of Hope program that's one of the top in the nation. 

Bell ringers have so many choices:  

  • Choose your shift/s: 3500 two hour shifts available
  • Your location: ring inside or outside businesses hosing Red Kettles throughout the community
  • Your day/s: Monday through Saturday
  • Your frequency: Volunteer as often as your schedule allows
  • Your style: Volunteer yourself, with a friend, your family, your pet.
  • Ring, sing, dance, or simply share holiday greetings

Enter Bell ringing Competition.   Groups from schools, churches, businesses, organizations, service clubs, register with us as a team. The top youth and adult groups who cover the most bell ringing shifts will each be award a handsome traveling trophy created by Hoppers, along with recognition as the season's  Outstanding Red Kettle Youth Bell ringing Team and the Outstanding Red Kettle Adult Bell ringing Team. Winners will choose representatives to accept the trophy and be our guests at our annual Civic Lunch and Report to Community.

  • 2019 Top Youth Bell Ringing Team: Waters Elementary
  • 2019 Top Adult Bell Ringing Team: ARC of Fond du  Lac Opportunities Center
  • 2019 Top adult Bell Ringing Individual: Darrell Jewson
  • 2019 Top Large Red Kettle Collection Location: Pick 'n save (Pioneer Rd.)
  • 2019 Top Mini Counter Kettle collection location: Kitz & Pfeil Ace Hardware
  • 2019 Gifts of Giving Campaign Top Achiever: Pizza Ranch ($1,000 raised)
  • Largest Match: Final Red Kettle Match $40,000 sponsored by West Shore Group, Rotary, the Pelletier Family, and Osborn & Son Trucking

Contact us to learn more about bell ringing.
Click here to sign up now to ring bells for The Salvation Army Fond du Lac Corps this year.

Become a Red Kettle Sponsor

Support for our Red Kettle fundraiser helps us reach our Christmas Campaign goal.  Reaching that goal means much more than hitting a benchmark; it means we have fuel to power our next year of service in Fond du Lac and the surrounding county.

Businesses, churches, organizations, foundations, schools, and philanthropists choose how best to express their compassion through the Red Kettle Campaign, as:    

  • Presenting Sponsor: the umbrella sponsor over campaign events and opportunities;
  • Large Floor-Standing Red Kettle Host: positioning a kettle and bell ringer at your establishment the duration of the campaign season;
  • Miniature Countertop Red Kettle Host: positioning a small kettle in a prominent location for the duration of the campaign;
  • Special 'Pop Up' Red Kettle Appearance Sponsor: helping large Red Kettles 'pop up' at Christmas events throughout the community;
  • Red Kettle "Meet or Beat" Sponsor: setting the contribution bar high with an initial Red Kettle donation & then challenging community (and competitors) to meet or beat you;
  • Red Kettle Event Host: collaborating with us on an event to benefit the Red Kettle Campaign
  • Red Kettle Outstanding Achievements Recognition Sponsor, celebrating exemplary efforts of community with trophies and awards

Sponsors receive appreciation and recognition in many forms, including media exposure from media partners KFIZ, 107.1 The Bull, Sunny 97-7, 96.1 The Rock, AM1170, Campbellsport News, The Reporter, Action, and Next Media.

Those who come to us in need receive a network of resources because the biggest hearts of our community united behind the Red Kettle Christmas Campaign on their behalf. 

Contact us for more on this year's Red Kettle fundraiser and Christmas Campaign.