Red Kettle effort falling short

SIDNEY — The Sidney Salvation Army’s Annual Red Kettle Effort is falling short in money raised as well as volunteer bell ringers.

The Red Kettle Effort is The Salvation Army’s primary fundraiser. The funds raised during the Red Kettle Effort determines what assistance and programs The Salvation Army can offer to Shelby County.

This year The Salvation Army has struggled filling the bell ringing hours. If there are no volunteers, there are no buckets. If there are no buckets, there are no donations.

The Salvation Army in Sidney is currently 52.5 percent away from their $60,000 goal. With the Red Kettle Effort ending on Dec. 24, The Salvation Army has seven bell ringing days to raise that money. This will prove to be a challenge as there are still over 300 open bell ringing shifts between now and Christmas Eve.

Volunteer bell ringers can sign up online at or by calling Capt. Samantha Lockard at 937-419-0566.