The Salvation Army Red Kettles are set up in two locations in Litchfield during the holiday season – from Thanksgiving to Christmas. The kettle at Econofoods is set up at all times, and the kettle at Walmart is set up outside only when there are people available to stay by it.

Karla Hyberger says the Salvation Army is a national, non-profit organization which helps people in emergency situations with boards of directors in most counties, and a corporate office in St. Paul. She says the local board makes sure the money that is put in the kettles gets to the local residents who are facing emergency situations so they must provide documentation, and for example, if they need help paying a utility bill, the check-writers send the payment to the utility company – not to the person seeking help.

Hyberger says they help people in all kinds of emergencies which could be a fire or a domestic situation and often includes things like food or utility bills, and they get referrals from Social Services and other organizations. She says they try to give people a boost and some hope, and this time of the year, people usually feel more compassionate and put donations in the red kettles. If anyone is willing to help ring the bell at one of the red kettles, call Karla at 693-8811.