South Bend takes home victory in annual Red Kettle Ring-Off

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - South Bend and Mishawaka competed Tuesday to see who could raise the most money in one day to help the Salvation Army provide for families in need.

The annual Red Kettle Ring-Off is a friendly competition between the two cities.

Team South Bend was at the Walmart on Ireland Road, and Team Mishawaka was at the Walmart on Indian Ridge Boulevard.

This time, Team South Bend took home the victory. It was the first win for South Bend since 2015.

While the bragging rights are South Bend's all the money raised will go to families in need in St. Joseph County.

Between the two teams, they pulled in nearly $3,900, with South Bend collecting $2,007.40 and Mishawaka raising $1,847.17.

“We're the reigning champs and have been for a couple years, and I think we're going to do it again this year,” Mishawaka Police Chief Ken Witkowski said before the final tally had been revealed. “We tease each other a lot, but in the end, the community wins."

The Red Kettle Ring-Off ended at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.