Bell ringers help raise more than $245,000 for Salvation Army

The bell ringers may be gone for the season, but the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign continues.

Bell ringers wrapped up their part of the campaign on Saturday.

The Salvation Army says the bell ringers account for much of the money raised every year, and that was true again this year, with those kettles helping bring in $245,610. That total doesn’t include match day dollars or direct donations.

While they’re still only about 60 percent on their way to reaching their overall goal, the Salvation Army says it was a banner year for bell ringing.

“Obviously it’s only part of the Red Kettle campaign, but we’re looking at quite possibly the best year we’ve ever had in the history of La Crosse County,” said the Salvation Army’s Nick Ragner. “(It’s) just phenomenal support from day one of bell ringing to our last day on December 23rd, and we couldn’t be more happy.”

You can still donate to the campaign online at until the end of January.