12/11/12 Much interest was stirred by LaPorte’s Reverend Billy Nichrand’s record-breaking bell-ringing fundraiser. For 2 ½ days he remained on his feet ringing a bell for Salvation Army in an attempt to raise $5,000 to help those with needs in LaPorte County. Congratulation to Pastor Nickrand for exceeding his goal and raising $6,300 with more donations still coming in.
The Red Kettle Bell-ringing Campaign is well underway in Marshall County as well. There have been more than 30 volunteers ringing and raising over $3,000 already. The local goal is to raise $15,000 but that is only achievable if they have volunteers willing to brave the elements and ring those bells. In honor of Pastor Nickrand’s feat, they would like to issue a 60 hour challenge to Marshall County.
The challenge to Marshall County is to provide individuals, groups, and businesses to ring bells for the 60 hours at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Kroger. We have dedicated 60 hours these last two weekends before Christmas for this challenge. They are Friday December 14th, Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th and next weekend the 21st, 22d, and 23rd. If you, or your group can ring for at least two hour shifts anytime between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. please call:
Pastor Jim Irwin in Plymouth at 952-8712
Karen Alderfer in Argos at 780-4276
Kim Hostetler in Walkerton at 540-3790 or
Marie Hartsell in Bremen at 248-0052
Pastor Jim Irwin said, “We believe that if volunteers help we can raise $10,000 for those in need in Marshall County.” He continued, “In addition, we believe that there are many who will want to send donations because they want to be a part of this but are unable to do so.” Donations can be mailed to the Salvation Army of Marshall County at P.O. Box 221 Plymouth, In 46563.