The Rochester Salvation Army needs you TODAY!  They need to schedule the equivalent of 400-500 hours per week, each week, between now and Christmas Eve and are asking for your help to fill the Red Kettles with ringing AND gifts!  New INDOOR locations this year!

Signing up to ring bells is very simple. Visit and click on the bell ringing linked graphic. Log in to your account, or create your new account with just a few pieces of information (never shared!) Pick your DATE-PLACE-TIME from what is available and then just show up and ring, sing or bling your kettle!  Creative ringers always attract the eye of busy shoppers best!

When you ring bells or donate to those bright red kettles, you are helping to raise more than 1/3 of the entire year’s budget. When a kettle isn’t staffed, little to no donations are received. For every hour you ring, you raise an average of $50. Without these donations, the Salvation Army would have to shut down programs and turn people away from their doors.

Schedule an hour or two of bell ringing this season as we come together as a community. Visit to sign up online or call The Rochester Salvation Army at 507-288-3663. There truly is no other or better time to give than now!

Other important dates:
Thursday, Nov. 19 "Border Challenge Kettles" in Rochester's skyway and subway kettle locations - put your gift in your team's kettle before the BIG GAME!  Let's see who truly wins! (Hint: Salvation Army!)
Friday, Nov. 20 "Sharing Tree Lighting Ceremony at Apache Mall" 6 p.m. to kick off the toy collection effort for Christmas!
Saturday, Nov. 21 "ROCK the Red Kettle" 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. community event to kick off the kettles with our ROCKstar kettle ringer teams!
Thursday, Nov. 26 "Rochester Family 5K Gobble Wobble" 8:30 a.m. at Autumn Ridge Church - to benefit Salvation Army holiday meal programs and more!
Thursday, Nov. 26 "Thanksgiving Day Service & Dinner" 11 a.m. service/Noon dinner at Caring Partners Adult Day Program building 115 NE 1st Avenue.
Friday, Dec. 4 "REALTOR® Ring Day" at Olmsted County Red Kettles - look for REALTOR® members of the local association as they ring!
Saturday, Dec. 5 "CANS Film Festival" at Wehrenberg Theatres - donate food and get movie passes, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.