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Register to Ring: The Salvation Army is looking for bell ringers and pandemic relief donations


(KWWL) -- The Salvation Army chapters in eastern Iowa are looking for bell ringers for this year's Christmas Red Kettle campaign.

Bell ringing in Waterloo begins Nov. 9th, in Dubuque and Iowa City Nov. 13, and in Cedar Rapids, it begins Nov. 16. Ringing in all four locations ends Dec. 24th.

Part-time and volunteer bell ringers are needed to fill nearly 7,000 hours of bell ringer hours. Bell ringing is a great family activity or service project for a small group, business, church or school organization, and will make a lasting impact on the community.

All Eastern Iowa locations are now accepting sign-ups for volunteer bellringers.  The website to sign up is:

Here is a chart of the Eastern Iowa kettle campaign dates, including details regarding kick-off events:

LocationKettle datesKick- off eventLocation contact
Cedar RapidsNovember 16th – December 24thNovember 16 between 11:30-12:30, during the free lunch program at The CR Salvation Army Shalla Ashworth
DubuqueNovember 13th – December 24thTBDCaptain Matthew Phelps
Iowa CityNovember 13th – December 24thNothing in person – Social Media awareness onlyCaptain Keith Graham
WaterlooNovember 9th – December 24thEvent at Hy-Vee Crossroads on November 9th from 11am – 1pmReginal Nelson

Waterloo/Cedar Falls location:

Those interested in applying for bell ringing at the Waterloo/Cedar Falls location can also do so at The Salvation Army, located at 89 Franklin Street in Waterloo, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am-Noon and 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, and Friday 9:00 am-Noon.

A goal of $601,000 from the Red Kettles, mail and online donations has been set. The Red Kettles help not only raise funds during the Christmas Campaign, but also play a major role in the year-round goal to assist those in need in Cedar Valley.

The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls will also be helping families in need with Christmas assistance.

Those in need of Christmas assistance are invited to complete an online application, accessible at and available in English and Spanish.

Registration is open now through November 14 and is limited to residents of Black Hawk County. Families can register children ages newborn-17. While usually held in-person, the registration is all-online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With almost double the households this year that The Salvation Army anticipates helping due to COVID-19, they are also requesting donations of new, in-package toys. Donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army at 89 Franklin Street Monday – Thursday, 9 am – noon and 1-3 pm, and Friday, 9 am – noon.

For more information please contact The Salvation Army at (319) 235-9358.

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