Members of the Coon Rapids Police Department and the Coon Rapids Rotary Club spent Saturday ringing bells for the Salvation Army’s annual red kettle campaign.
Rotarians rang bells outside the Northdale Cub Foods in one-hour shifts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., while police officers worked two, two-hour shifts outside Rainbow Foods at Riverdale Commons Shopping Center from 2 to 6 p.m.
The Rotary club has volunteered for the Salvation Army kettle drive for many years at different locations in Coon Rapids.
Rotarians taking part included Mel Baker, Jerry Koch, Greg Ovik, Sharon Legg, Steve Gatlin, Al Hamel and his daughter Allison, Doris Schulte, Scott Schulte, Carol LeDoux, Kathy Tingelstad, John Braddock, Steve Rice, Dave McCauley and Robert Breitbach and his family.
According to Coon Rapids Police Sgt. John Stahnke, this is the third year that police officers have taken part in Salvation Army bell ringing, the second year at Rainbow Foods.
Joining Stahnke for the first shift Saturday were his children, Allison, 10, Alixandra, 12, and Jack, 11, with Officers Bryan Platz and Taylor Arneson.
Manning the second shift were Sgt. Ben Bautch, Officers Brianna Johnson and Dan Freiberg and Community Service Officer Justin Hovorka.
The Salvation Army’s 2012 bell ringing season began Nov. 10 at the Twin Cities Salvation Army’s “Rock the Red Kettle” kickoff event at Cub Foods in south Minneapolis.
According to its website, the Twin Cities Salvation Army’s Christmas fundraising goal is $9.8 million.
Through Christmas Eve, there are 100,000 hours of bell ringing available at more than 400 Twin Cities kettle sites, the website states.
The Twin Cities Salvation Army serves more than 288,000 people a year through its 25 local centers of operation, including one in Coon Rapids.
Daily it serves 2,500 hot meals and shelters 970 people, while more than 33,000 local volunteers help, according to the website.
The Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child daycare to senior housing, the website states.
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