Rotary Club of Waukegan participates in Salvation Army Annual Red Kettle Drive
For years the members of the Rotary Club of Waukegan have assisted the Salvation Army by ringing bells, singing Christmas Carols, and playing musical instruments to get shoppers to feed the red kettles in December.   The club always gets a big participation from its membership and I think we all enjoy our stint at either the Walmart at Fountain Square or the Jewel on Lewis Avenue.
According to the website of the Salvation Army, the idea began in 1891 in San Francisco as a way to help the poor.  Six years later it had spread from the west coast to the Boston Area.  Today, the Salvation Army helps approximately four and a half million people at Thanksgiving and Christmas time with the proceeds from its annual red kettle drive.  The idea has even spread internationally with kettles showing up in Korea, Japan, Chile, and many European countries.  Some bell ringers are paid for their time but they also depend on volunteers like Rotary Clubs to ring bells and wish shoppers a happy holiday.