TO THE EDITOR:

   We were going to request that you put “hearts” in the paper to everyone who helped make the 2019 Red Kettle campaign successful. However, you would not have the space to do that.

   So “hearts” to everyone who supported the 2019 Red Kettle campaign. To the Ripon Police Department and EMTs, businesses, churches, schools (Ripon Area School District and Ripon College), and service organizations that organized volunteers to ring bells; to the volunteers who signed up to ring during empty slots in the schedule; to the four locations (Brandon Meats, Marketfresh, Walgreens, and Webster’s Marketplace) that allowed us to ring bells at their establishments; to all the businesses who allowed us to put counter kettles inside their establishments; and to the two banks (BMO Harris and Horicon Bank) that helped with counting money and handling the deposits.

   And “hearts” to everyone who donated to the Red Kettle campaign. The success of the campaign depends on the generosity of the people who donate.

   And, because of your generosity, the amount raised in the 2019 Red Kettle campaign was slightly higher than the amount raised in 2018, which had been the highest previous total.

    Remember that “Need Has No Season” and the goal of the Salvation Army is to help people in need in all seasons.

   Thanks to the efforts of all the volunteers, and the generosity of all the donors, the Salvation Army will be able to do that in the Brandon, Fairwater, Ripon and Rosendale areas in 2020.

— Stephanie Sauerbrei
Red Kettle Coordinator 2019
1188 W. Fond du Lac St.