The annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign has begun in Maryville and volunteers are needed for the fundraising drive which keeps all donations in Nodaway County.

The money raised in the Red Kettle Drive is distributed in partnership with Community Services, Inc., and is used to directly benefit the local community.

These funds provide emergency assistance to county residents during crisis situations including expenses for transportation, work-related clothing, utilities, medicine, school expenses, car repair and other emergency assistance.

This past year, 267 families and 671 individuals benefitted from the money collected in the Red Kettle drive.

There are Red Kettles at both WalMart entrances and at Hy-Vee as well as Counter Kettles at the following businesses: South Nodaway Valley Bank, Hy-Vee Gas and Convenience, Pagliai’s, Ace Hardware, Gray’s Restaurant, Orscheln’s and O’Reilly Auto Parts.

Those interested in volunteering as a bell ringer can visit to register for a one-hour time slot on any day listed through Christmas Eve. You can also contact Norma at Community Services at 660.582.3113 with questions or if you are needing help in volunteering as a bell ringer.

Contributions can also be mailed to Community Services, Inc., PO Box 328, Maryville, MO 64468. Please make checks payable to Nodaway County Salvation Army.