Red Kettle Campaign aims to raise $15K

By Valerie Urbanik -

Volunteers are needed to help ring bells for the Salvation Army Oberlin Service Unit’s Red Kettle Campaign.

Bell-ringers will be out collecting donations through Christmas Eve.

Director Mark Fahringer said he’s in need of helpers inside Oberlin IGA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

He aims to raise $15,000 this year.

In the past two years, the kettle campaign has raised roughly $11,000. Fahringer believes that with a few more volunteers this year the Oberlin branch Salvation Army can reach its mark.

The cash stays in town to help residents with groceries, prescriptions, utilities, and paying for shelter.

“That’s all our local assistance, which is mostly utility assistance,” Fahringer said.

He has also been helping inmates who go through the 49-9 Project, also known as the re-entry program from jail to local communities.

“We have had some really great success with that,” Fahringer said. “It’s a totally free program for six to nine months in-house.”

The Salvation Army is also in need of personal care items such as paper towels, toilet paper, and shampoo.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

By Valerie Urbanik