PUTNAM — Since 1997 the Putnam Rotary Interact Club has coordinated bell-ringing efforts for the Salvation Army Kettle campaign. They’ve helped raise more than $200,000 total.
Despite COVID-19, this year is no different. This year the kettles will be located outside of Putnam Price Chopper, Putnam Supermarket, Walmart and the WINY Radio parking lot.
Collections will be made from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.
All volunteers will be wearing masks and will be 6 feet from the kettle. The kettles will be sanitized throughout the day.
This year, Walmart has three ways of giving to the Salvation Army: At the register, buying an item listed on the store’s Giving Tree or depositing money in the kettle.
Donations at WINY Radio’s parking lot are drive-thru. Volunteers will hold out collection baskets.
The money collected in the kettles stays locally, assisting Daily Bread, TEEG and other charitable groups that assist the needy.
The Putnam Rotary Interact Club and the Salvation Army thanked all those who volunteer as bell ringers.  For more information please contact Roberta Rocchetti at 860- 933-8603.


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