The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Drive will get a boost this weekend when Bloomington-based Bender Lumber Co. will offer a series of matching gifts that could double every dollar dropped into kettles in eight Southern Indiana counties on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.

On Nov. 27 and 28 Bender Lumber will match dollar for dollar cash donations in each community. The eight matches could add up to more than $15,000 in additional funds to support local Salvation Army operations.

Bender Lumber, which was founded in Bloomington in 1931, has stores in Bloomington, Martinsville, Bedford, Paoli, Madison, Columbus, Linton, and Washington. A total of 53 Red Kettles in these and other nearby communities will display special signs letting shoppers know that their donations could be doubled thanks to Bender Lumber’s generosity. Each county has its own match amount to help secure extra funds during this critical fundraising period for The Salvation Army.

Shoppers looking for a Red Kettle during the match period will be able to find bell ringers at Kroger, Big Lots. Walmart and Circle K stores.

Anyone interested in volunteering to ring a bell this holiday season is invited to visit and find a location, date, and time that works for their schedule. The Salvation Army is focused on keeping both volunteers and donors safe and healthy with new safety protocols that include regularly sanitizing the kettle equipment and using PPE. To learn more about how these safety protocols and what it means to be a bell ringer, visit SalvationArmy

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