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The Salvation Army Red Kettle

A donor drops money into a Salvation Army Red Kettle.

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help with its annual bell-ringing campaign in Vernon County.

The bell-ringing starts the weekend of Nov. 18 at Village Market and Nelson Agri-Center, both in Viroqua. Volunteers will ring bells at the Viroqua Walmart starting Nov. 24. Bells will be rung daily at all three locations through Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers can take one- to two-hour time slots.

Linda Gilardi, one of the volunteers who schedules bell-ringers, said the campaign is a great volunteer opportunity for students, confirmation classes, community service and families. She said any organization that would like to coordinate a day is welcome.

“Good Shepherd and Believers Fellowship are two churches that schedule for the Red Kettle Drive,” Gilardi said.

Tabletop kettles are available if a business would like one. So far, Kickapoo KWKSTOP and Kickapoo Corners in Readstown and Royal Bank in Viroqua have kettles.

Donations can be mailed to Linda Gilardi, 205 S. Lincoln Ave., Viroqua, WI 54665. Last year, The Salvation Army drive raised $15,742.

Gilardi said all money stays in Vernon County, helping with such things as fire victims, clothing or gas for job interviews, utility bills, food pantries, Toys for Tots and Stuff the Bus.

“When you hear The Salvation Army bell, remember that your contribution, no matter how small, will go to help families in our community,” she said.

Volunteers interested in scheduling a time slot at Village Market may contact Karen Dahl at To set up a time to volunteer at Walmart and Nelson Agri-Center or to request a tabletop kettle for a business, contact Gilardi at 637-2216 or

Volunteers at Village Market ring bells indoors, and those at Walmart and Nelson Agri-Center are outdoors.


Vernon County Broadcaster editor

Angie Cina is editor of the Vernon County Broadcaster. Contact her at 608-637-5616.

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