The annual Salvation Army kettle drive has begun, but there are a few changes in Minerva this year.
Ringing will be at Kishman's Monday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. with the possibility of an 8 a.m. start time.
A shortened day on Dec. 24 will conclude the bell ringing, but donations can be made through the end of the year.
With Pamida switching to Shopko, ringing there may not begin until Dec. 10 at the earliest.
This year there will not be a manned kettle at Discount Drug Mart.
Sites are still being considered and small kettles will be located at various businesses.
While food donations to the Salvation Army throughout the year are greatly appreciated, it is the kettle drive which supports the various assistance programs.
The Minerva/Malvern community is encouraged to mail donations to the Salvation Army, PO Box 74, Minerva, 44657, or to deliver their donations to the office at 301 Valley Street, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Those who prefer online giving, may see www.onlineredkettle.org/minervasalvarm.
The kettle drive chair is Virginia Birks, who can be reached at 330-868-6329 to sign up to ring.
According to Birks, "The drop in active ringing sites may greatly impact the budget and affect the services the office is able to offer, unless shoppers use these alternate means to donating."
Kettle sites for Malvern will again be at Dorsey's and Woods' Grocery with smaller kettles placed in local businesses.
Gary Pearce is setting up an online site for bell ringers to register. To ring in Malvern, see www.malvernbells.org.