If 2020 was a normal year, members of the Rockford Police and Fire Departments would be out at stores Stateline stores this week ringing bells and collecting money for The Salvation Army, but it's 2020, so a switch-up had to happen.

Here's what hasn't changed in 2020...The Rockford Police and Fire Departments are still battling it out today to see who can raise the most money for The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign, but it's a completely virtual battle this year.


Typically, the Rockford Police Department ends victoriously in the 'Battle of the Bells', but as I sit here writing this, the Rockford Fire Department is currently smokin' their buddies in blue.

Honestly, it doesn't matter which 'kettle' you decide to donate to this year, just make sure you do it if you are able. The Salvation Army of Winnebago County is currently helping thousands more local families than they usually do this time of year, and they simply cannot continue their services if we don't all pitch in to help.

The fact that we saw a record year of cash and toy donations at this year's 12 Hours of Salvation Army Toy Drive at Lou Bachrodt Automall shows that the giving hearts of this community are still alive and well, which makes me sooo happy!

If you've already given to The Salvation Army this year, thank you. If you have an extra $5, $10 or $20 laying around, could you please consider donating again? So many people in our community need our help, and time is ticking!

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