The Clay County Salvation Army will begin its annual bell ringing campaign in late October, and volunteers with the organization are hoping for even bigger results than last year.
In 2006, the campaign raised a total of $4,000. However, that number more than doubled in 2007, as more than $10,000 was raised.
This year, organizers hope to raise more than $15,000.
"We had more than 300 bell ringers last year," local kettle drive coordinator Jodi Lohrman said. "We were really thrilled with the response last year. I think it's because we really solicited groups to ring the bells."
Last year, organizers conducted a contest among the bell ringers. Groups competed against each other and the one that raised the most money earned a pizza party in January 2008. First Christian Church managed to raise the most money in 2007.
Because of the response the drive had last year, organizers are hoping other groups will get involved.
"We're trying to encourage the bell ringers to be a little more creative," Lohrman said.
The 2008 campaign is scheduled to kick off on Monday, Oct. 20. Lohrman said the organization plans to send out information to local civic groups and schools in order to get more bell ringers this year.
The kickoff campaign is scheduled to take place at Serving On The Streets, 100 N. Forest Ave., Brazil, at 7 p.m. At the event, those interested in volunteering will be treated with various Christmas season appetizers and will also receive tips on bell ringing.
The Salvation Army operates in 111 countries. The red kettle drive typically begins near the Christmas season. Monies donated aid needy families, seniors and homeless.