Freeport Salvation Army Announces 2017 Christmas Fundraising Plans To An “All Volunteer Force”

Freeport, Illinois – The Freeport Salvation Army announced today their 2017 Christmas fundraising plans to an “all-volunteer force”.  This decision was made as a way to engage this community in making Freeport a better place to live, said Captain Jim Brickson of the Salvation Army.

“Volunteers can bring so much more to fulfilling the mission of The Salvation Army”, he stated earlier in a press release.

The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign began in 1891 as a means to collect just enough money to feed 1,000 poorest people a Christmas meal. It wasn’t until 1900 that a Salvation Army volunteer bought a dime store bell to help draw attention to the efforts to those that passed by.

The iconic Red Kettle will be seen throughout Stephenson County starting the beginning of November. The plea this year is to engage individuals and groups to rally around The Salvation Army and take a 2 hour shift or even more. Ashley Rucker is coordinating the volunteers for The Salvation Army in Freeport. She will be able to assist you in scheduling your shift or you may go to and see all that you may be able to help with.

The Freeport Bell Ringer Hotline is 815-238-5243

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Captain Jim Brickson at 815-235-7639 or email at

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