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Donate online to the Kettle Campaign

85% of donations to The Salvation Army stay locally in Polk County are are used with COM's emergency financial assistance program. Those wanting to support the food pantry specifically or other COM programs, should donate HERE instead.

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​Community Outreach Ministries partners with the Salvation Army to provide additional resources to Polk County. As a Service Extension of the Salvation Army, COM gets to use 85% of funds donated to the Salvation Army for use in Polk County. We use this money to assist local families with rent, utilities, laundry, and transportation.

The red kettle campaign is the primary source of these funds. Bell ringing begins the day after Thanksgiving and ends December 24th. Currently, two businesses in Bolivar have kindly allowed Salvation Army to place red kettles at their business entrances.  Members from the community can volunteer at Walmart and/or Woods for an opportunity to ring the bell for Polk County.  In order for the bell ringing campaign to be successful, we need YOU to volunteer your time to ring the bell. Watch for signups on this page beginning in the fall.


Bell Ringing Instructions:

  • When you arrive, the kettle should already be outside. If no one if ringing before your shift, go to the customer service desk to pick up the bells and other supplies.

  • When you are finished, pass off the bells to the next ringer. If there is no one after you, return the bell bag to the customer service desk. The kettle will remain on the stand until a staff member unlocks it to pick it up at the end of the day.

  • Always ring with a smile! 

SPECIAL COVID-19 & Flu Precautions for 2022:

  • Watch the Safety Training video posted on this page

  • All bell-ringers should regularly use hand sanitizer (provided)

  • As someone approaches to put money in the kettle the bell-ringer is expected to step away to maintain a 6’ social distance

  • Where local store guidelines are different, they are to be followed

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