Governor Mike Pence rings bells for Salvation Army in Rochester

Salvation Army volunteers are out all over Michiana ringing bells for the red kettle campaign.

Some shoppers in Rochester had to do a double-take as they walked by the volunteer at their local grocery store.

Governor Mike Pence stopped at the Kroger store to ring the Salvation Army bell around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Pence wore the traditional red apron as he chatted with shoppers. He said he wanted to do his part to raise awareness for the campaign.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for Hoosiers to take a moment and drop off a few coins in the pot and know that it is going to help real needs in their community,” Pence said. “It’s what makes Indiana special.
Regardless of our means, when we see a neighbor in need or tragedy strike a community like it did in Lafayette and Kokomo with recent tornadoes, Hoosiers don't wait to be asked.”

He also emphasized that donations stay in the community.

Lt. Karen Pommier said that the Salvation Army of Kosciusko county most recently helped families displaced by a large fire in Warsaw.

“We do the most good with every single cent that gets put in that kettle,” Pommier said. “We try to find those people who are very desperate and give them hope that there is a future.”

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