The Salvation Army of McHenry County, one of the largest social service providers, is in great need of more bell ringers through Christmas Eve. Bell ringing is The Salvation Army’s biggest source of income. Just a two-hour commitment is all that is asked of volunteers. Bell ringing is an opportunity to give back to McHenry County, get involved in the holiday season and have a lot of fun. Bell ringing locations are available throughout McHenry County.

Funds raised locally, stay local to support youth, adult, and senior programming, as well as emergency services and homeless prevention year-round. During the holiday season, funding supports a free community Thanksgiving dinner and toys for children in need. In 2018, The Salvation Army provided over 8,000 gifts to local children through the Christmas Toyland Shop and Angel Tree program. Support from our bellringing program raised almost $200,000 in the red kettles last year due to the generosity of time from volunteers and donations from the community.

Bell Ringers are needed throughout the holiday season. Those interested can go to to register or call 815-455-2769 for more information. Please help if you can.