Metro Detroit Media Volunteer Virtually and In-Person for The Salvation Army’s Annual Celebrity Bell Ring Weekend

Dec 2, 2021

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (Dec. 2, 2021)The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit’s annual fundraising event, Celebrity Bell Ring Weekend, will take a hybrid approach this year. More than 40 metro Detroit media personalities will do their part in-person and virtually to support the nonprofit’s Red Kettle Christmas Campaign starting Friday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 5.

Throughout Celebrity Bell Ring Weekend, media personalities from Detroit-area television, radio and print outlets will work to raise money either from their own home or outside metro Detroit shopping locations. Each volunteer will have their own peer-to-peer fundraising page, which will act like a virtual red kettle to collect donations for clothing, gifts, holiday meals, and more while continuing to neighbors in need continuing to battle the impacts of pandemic poverty.

Celebrities will post pictures, videos and other engaging content to encourage members of the community to donate to their personal fundraising page or visit them at a physical red kettle location. At the conclusion of the weekend, the top three philanthropic celebrities will receive trophies for their fundraising efforts.

Community members can stop by the following locations on Saturday, Dec. 4 to visit their favorite media personality:


CBS Detroit


105.9 KISS-FM

  • Nikki Vaughn

    • Walmart, located at 45554 Michigan Ave. in Canton

ALT 98.7

  • Julia Lepidi

    • Kroger, located at 23101 John R. Rd. in Hazel Park        


         Mix 92.3

  • Sunny Love

    • Kroger, located at 25780 Middlebelt Rd. in Farmington Hills    

WJLB-FM 97.9

  • Bushman

    • Busch's, located at 33300 W. 14 Mile Rd. in West Bloomfield Township

WJR-AM News Talk 760

  • Chris Renwick

    • Macy's at Twelve Oaks Mall, located at 27550 Novi Rd. in Novi

  • Ken Rogulski

    • Kroger, located at 685 E. Maple Rd. in Birmingham

WLLZ-FM 106.7

WMGC-FM 105.1

  • Shannon Renee

    • Walmart, located at 14900 Dix Toledo Rd. in Southgate

WOMC-FM 104.3

  • Beau Daniels

    • Busch's, located at 225 S. Canton Center Rd. in Canton

  • Jim "JJ" Johnson

    • Kroger, located at 1237 Coolidge Highway in Troy

  • Joanne Purtan

    • Kroger, located at 37550 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills

  • Aricka McCauley

    • Kroger, located at 1905 N. Canton Center Rd. in Canton

  • Jason Raithel

    • Big Lots, located at 14333 Eureka Rd. in Southgate

WWJ-AM Newsradio 950

  • Erin Vee

    • Kroger, located at 43893 Schoenherr Rd. in Sterling Heights

  • Beth Fisher

    • Kroger, located at 39950 W. 14 Mile Rd. in Commerce Township

  • KT

    • Kroger, located at 22801 Harper Ave. in St. Clair Shores

  • Robert Davidek

    • Kroger, located at 33523 W. 8 Mile Rd. in Livonia

  • Zach Clark

    • Hollywood Market, located at 714 N. Main St. in Royal Oak

  • Charlie Langton and Brooke Allen

    • Walmart, located at 2001 W. Maple Rd. in Troy

WYCD-FM 99.5

  • Rob Stone

    • Kroger, located at 22801 Harper Ave. in St. Clair Shores

  • Sarah Thomas

    • Hobby Lobby, located at 44725 Schoenherr Rd. in Sterling Heights

  • Josh Holleman

    • Kroger, located at 23101 John R. Rd. in Hazel Park


The Macomb Daily

  • Gina Joseph

    • Kroger, located at 20891 E. 13 Mile Rd. in Roseville

Additionally, supporters can also donate online during Celebrity Bell Ring Weekend for all participating media personalities including:


WXYZ Channel 7


         WCSX 94.7 FM

WGPR Hot 107.5

WKQI-FM Channel 95.5

WRIF-FM 101.1

WNIC 100.3 FM

WYCD-FM 99.5

“The sound of bells ringing from storefront red kettles is a true sign of the Christmas season and The Salvation Army is so happy for the chance to return to in-person giving while also keeping the convenience of an online format,” said Major Timothy Meyer, general secretary and metro Detroit area commander (regional chief operating officer) for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “We are thankful for the continued support year after year and we are grateful for the support we’re receiving from the media celebrities assisting in the Bell Ring Weekend this year.”

Donations collected through Celebrity Bell Ring Weekend and the Red Kettle Christmas Campaign benefit local families and individuals in the communities they are given. This year, donations are especially critical to help those impacted by COVID-19 through food, shelter, clothing, rent and utility assistance and more.


About The Salvation Army
Founded by William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. This past year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit was involved in providing 2,446,588 meals and 382,681 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.86 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at


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