News Release: Omaha Community Stars to Ring Bells This Weekend throughout the Metro

Dec 13, 2018

Be on the lookout for our special bell ringers during Community Stars Weekend, Dec. 14 and 15! 

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, Fire Chief Dan Olsen, David Brown of the Greater Omaha Chamber, Councilmember Ben Gray, Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen, and other community leaders and media representatives will ring bells Friday and Saturday throughout the metro area.

Mayor Stothert, Fire Chief Olsen, several city department directors and members of KMTV 3 News Now's on-air team will ring at Village Pointe Shopping Center from noon to 4 p.m. Red kettles will be stationed at the center roundabout and at both the north and south entrances to Scheels. 

“Village Pointe welcomes The Salvation Army for another year to support a great cause,” said Alicia Peters, general manager of Village Pointe. “We are excited to partner with them again and look forward to the excitement it brings during the holiday season.”

The Salvation Army red kettles will remain at key retail and grocery stores throughout the metro until Christmas Eve. "Red kettle gifts are a critically important revenue stream for The Salvation Army," said Major Greg Thompson, divisional commander of The Salvation Army Western Division. "Contributions to the kettles help fund an entire year of services for the community's most vulnerable residents."

Volunteers are critically needed during the next two weeks to staff the red kettles. Visit or call 402-898-6000 to sign up. 

About The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign
The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign is a fundraising initiative for The Salvation Army’s Human Needs Fund, which supports programs that meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in the metro year-round. Our seven areas of service include food, housing, youth development, material assistance, behavioral health, older adult services and anti-human trafficking. The 2018 fundraising goal for The Salvation Army of Omaha is $2.85 million. Every cent of every dollar raised for the Tree of Lights Campaign stays in the metro. Whether you give to the red kettles or offer your time as a volunteer, your support helps in The Salvation Army’s effort to fight for good. 

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