With temperatures in the 90s, it may seem like the wrong time of year to see Salvation Army bell ringers in front of local stores.
With temperatures in the 90s, it may seem like the wrong time of year to see Salvation Army bell ringers in front of local stores. But bell ringers are collecting donations through Saturday as part of The Salvation Army's Christmas in July program.
Pictured is Benjamin Fields, 6, as he places a donation into a red kettle as bell ringer Jim Scherer, left, watches Wednesday outside of the Dillons store in Leavenworth. Scherer was one of the volunteers from Hallmark who was manning the red kettle Wednesday at Dillons.
Capt. Rick Hamelund with The Salvation Army said this is the second year for the Christmas in July red kettle event. He said the kettles will be set up from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day through Saturday at the Dillons, Kmart and Country Mart stores in Leavenworth and the Petro Deli in Lansing. Hamelund said the money raised will be used to help people needing utility assistance this summer.