The Beaver Dam Noon Kiwanis will once again coordinate the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. Bell-ringers will be manning their kettles at four major locations, which include Piggly Wiggly, Recheck's Food Pride, ShopKo, and the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Volunteer bell-ringers will be at these sites accepting donations on Fridays and Saturdays starting on Nov. 25 and ending on Dec. 24.

With the economy struggling and unemployment high these days, this year has added importance, says Karl Nienhuis, co-chair of this event, along with co-chair John Ralston. Many people have nowhere else to turn, and the Salvation Army needs your help more than ever. More than 85 percent of the money collected stays in Dodge County where it is distributed to those most in need of meals, clothing, shelter, and other emergencies.

The Beaver Dam Noon Kiwanis will solicit volunteers, collect and count money, take care of publicity, distribute all kettles and counter kettles, put on a holiday concert, and numerous other details necessary to run such a campaign. All of the monies collected go to the Salvation Army Holiday Kettle Campaign. In addition to the four bell-ringing sites, small counter kettles will be placed in many restaurants and businesses in the community.

The Noon Kiwanis Club is seeking groups or individuals who would like to volunteer to ring a bell or to make a donation. Anyone interested should contact Karl Nienhuis at 885-3409 (e-mail or John Ralston at 386-0395(e-mail

"Dodge County residents have been very supportive of this wonderful organization in the past, and there is no indication that this year won't be the same," Nienhuis said. "Please give generously and share the holiday spirit with those less fortunate."

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