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Red kettle campaign

The Salvation Army of Dane County begins its annual summer kettle campaign on Saturday, and the campaign is in dire need of bell ringers.

Kettles will be set up at 27 locations around the county, mostly at grocery stores, with bell ringers collecting monetary donations.

Less than half of the two-hour bell ringing shifts have been filled.

"Simply having someone at the kettle, as opposed to an empty kettle stand, makes a huge difference in the amount of support we get and the good we can do," said Steve Heck, director of operations.

"Picking up a single shift can bring in about $100 for programs in Dane County."

Most of the two-hour shifts are between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The campaign continues to July 28.

Volunteers can sign up for a shift at the Salvation Army website or by calling 608-250-2283.

Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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