The Salvation Army has kicked off holiday bell ringing in 2017 at Strack & Van Til stores throughout the county. Bell ringing at Jewel-Osco, Walmart, and other area businesses will begin the day after Thanksgiving.

The goal of the 2017 Christmas Campaign in Lake County is to raise $780,000 through traditional “red kettle” bell ringing and individual contributions. This goal accounts for approximately one-third of the cost of programs and services The Salvation Army provides in Lake County annually. Services include food, utility and housing emergency assistance; hunger programs; youth programming and summer camp; disaster assistance; and case management/social services.

Major Jose Tamayo, coordinator of the Salvation Army in Lake County, is asking residents to help the Salvation Army reach their goal by volunteering to bell ring. “Grab a friend, some hot chocolate, bundle up, and greet your neighbors for two hours,” Tamayo. said. “Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit faster than ringing the bell and helping some of your neighbors this Christmas season.”

Individuals, families and groups can sign up to bell ring (for two-hour time slots at a time) on The Salvation Army’s online sign-up site, Register to ring at