Salvation Army volunteer bell ringers brave the cold outside of Whitley Mid Town Market recently. Pictured (left to right) are Mikayla Findley 16, Shelby Smiley, 18, and Ricky Lopez, 20. Linda McKee/Post & Mail photo.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Red kettles are almost as popular of a sight during the holiday season as Santa.
Salvation Army kettles are placed at various retail locations around the county in an effort to raise funds for the nonprofit.
Money collected during the nationwide campaign goes toward helping those in need through a variety of programs.
The national fundraising goal is $3 million, which according to the Salvation Armyâ€™s website, the organization has only reached 31 percent in its efforts.
To read the rest of this story, see the Dec. 14-15 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.