Help the Ontario Branch win the Red Kettle Challenge Again!

The Nothnagle Ontario office will ring the bell Saturday December 18. Defending their trophy!

Ontario Boy Scout Troop 127 is chal­lenging community and business or­ganizations and individuals to support the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas campaign this holiday season. Any and all groups and individuals are encouraged to join the fun-spirited competition. The bell ringing campaign began Thanksgiving and continues until Dec. 25. Bell ringers will be stationed at the Tops Market on Furnace Road in On­tario.

The winner of the challenge is deter­mined based on the number of people participating and their spirit and enthu­siasm as well as any unique ideas that the groups present to show their support. The amount of money raised by the individual groups is not a factor in determining the winner.

The winner of the challenge will be awarded the BSA Troop 127 Ontario Red Kettle Challenge trophy to keep in their possession until next year’s competition. The winners’ names are engraved on the trophy. The winner of the 2009 compe­tition was Nothnagle Realty of Ontario. Last year, the Troop challenge generated $4,742.50 in donations for the Salvation Army.

So far, the following groups have en­tered this year’s competition: BSA Troop 127 (past winner); Ontario Fire Compa­ny (past winner); Nothnagle Realty (cur­rent champion); Future Business Leaders of America, Wayne Central School; Girl Scout Troop 377; Lyons National Bank; and North Ontario United Methodist Church.

Anyone wishing to join the BSA Troop 127 Ontario Red Kettle Chal­lenge, as well as individuals who want to volunteer to ring the bell at Tops Market, should contact Robert E. Brewer, coordi­nator for the Troop 127 Red Kettle Chal­lenge and Salvation Army Red Kettle Coordinator for Ontario, at or or (585) 455.1745 or 315.524.5218.

Bell Ringers Needed for Holiday

The Salvation Army needs bell ring­ers in rural areas of Western New York. Volunteers are needed immediately to staff the Red Kettles between now and Christmas. Individuals, couples, families, church groups, and service organizations are encouraged to volunteer. Areas include Williamson, Lyons, Macedon, Newark, Palmyra, Sodus and Victor. To volunteer, call Rod Ballengee at (716) 498-2439.

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