Elkhart Rotarians, Your Help is Needed
For the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign!
(read the request from Matt Lentsch below)
Dear Elkhart Rotarian,
The Salvation Amy; Doing the Most Good
Since 1946 our Elkhart Rotary Club has been supporting the Elkhart Salvation Army during its annual Red Kettle drive.  Our campaign has three opportunities for Elkhart Rotarians to participate. 
  • The first is to volunteer ringing bells at one of the Elkhart Red Kettles this coming Saturday, December 10, and/or to participate in the Restaurant Fundraising aka Bar Hopping this coming Friday, December 9, with Peter Norton.
  • The second is to generously respond to our Sargent’s gentle appeals/fines.  100% of all of the fines collected during December will go to our local Salvation Army.
  • The third is to give generously through an individual gift to the Salvation Army.  Please make your check out to Rotary Charities and note Salvation Army in the memo section.  You can place your check in the fine basket at each table, give your check to me or President Scott or send it to our Rotary Club address using the reply envelope enclosed with this letter.
During the holiday season, over three million families and children rely on The Salvation Army to provide them with a warm meal on Christmas Day or toys for their children.
Donating to the Red Kettles also allows the Army to serve more than 25 million people a year by providing a total of over 10 million nights of shelter and 57 million meals a year, along with substance abuse recovery programs, after-school programs and emergency shelter for children and families in need.
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.
For every dollar donated to The Salvation Army, 82 cents is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org).
For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.
Thanks again for your thoughtful consideration of these giving opportunities. 
Please give generously!  Most appreciatively,
Matt Lentsch
Fellow Rotarian, Chair, Salvation Army, Elkhart Rotary Campaign