Nov 5, 2020 | by Magan Hall

The familiar sights and sounds of red kettles and bells will soon return to the tri-states as The Salvation Army Quincy Area Command begins its first day of fundraising in Quincy on Friday, November 6, and Hannibal on Friday, November 13, for the 2020 Christmas campaign. 

New to this year’s Christmas campaign is a partnership between The Salvation Army and Emerald City Jewelers. Each time an individual (16 years+) volunteers to ring bells for The Salvation Army, their name will be entered into the Ring for Bling drawing. Between November 6 and December 24, volunteer bell ringers will be eligible to receive a gold diamond cross pendant with 20-inch chain donated by Emerald City Jewelers valued at $1,500. To confirm a shift has been fulfilled, participants must print and complete the Ring for Bling form and drop the completed hard copy form into the kettle during the scheduled volunteer shift. Each shift fulfilled will result in one entry. Click here for official rules and registration form.  

At the close of the contest period, a recipient will be selected in a random drawing from amongst all eligible entries. Drawing will take place in the beginning of January 2021. Further details regarding the drawing will be posted on the website and Facebook page. 

With multiple locations across the tri-states hosting a red kettle, now is a great time for you, your group (limit two people per kettle per shift), or organization to volunteer as a Salvation Army bell ringer. Those interested are encouraged to register online at or contact Seasonal Event Coordinator Jeremy Koren by calling 217-231-5633 or via email at 

Funds raised from the red kettles remain local to support The Salvation Army and the services we provide such as holiday meals and toys, shelter for the homeless, job assistance, and more. 

The Salvation Army provides a variety of programs and services to assist families in need in the counties of Adams, Brown, and Pike in Illinois and the counties of Marion, Ralls, Lewis, Monroe, and Shelby in Missouri. 

For more information, please contact Jeremy Koren at 217-231-5633.

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