The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign is still ringing. But support isn’t what it used to be as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:

Minnesota Salvation Army spokesman Dan Furry says demand for services is up 155 percent this year.  Locally, Major Jeff Strickler from the Mower County chapter of the Salvation Army stated that 1,500 volunteer hours are needed to cover all six of the red kettle sites in Austin, and at last word, just over 500 hours, or a third of the hours needed are currently filled.  Kettles are now in place at all six locations in Austin, and funds raised locally from the red kettles remain in Austin.  For more information and to register, go to, and you can also call Stacy to get registered at 437-4566.