Columbia, S.C., March 09, 2016 – The winner of The Salvation Army of the Midlands’ 2015 High School Battle of the Bells competition is Dutch Fork High School Air Force JROTC. Student volunteers from the school rang bells at seven kettle locations over the course of two days – December 5th and December 12th – and raised a total of $3,372.65.
Five local high schools participated in The Salvation Army’s High School Battle of the Bells Competition this year to help impact the Midlands through the work of The Salvation Army of the Midlands.
Each year, several local schools strive to become The Salvation Army’s High School Battle of the Bells winner. These schools will help raise funds for the Christmas Assistance Program, which provides emergency assistance to local families in need. More than 800 high school volunteers participate in the competition each year. An overall total of $7,624.67 was raised by the five participating school groups.
The High School Battle of the Bells trophy was presented to Dutch Fork High School Air Force JROTC students today at their annual JROTC inspection.
White Knoll High School came in second place and collected $1,832.81. Heathwood Hall came in third place and collected $1,595.32. Other participating school groups included: Columbia High School JROTC and Hammond School.
“Many thanks to all of our high school volunteers for their support of The Salvation Army of the Midlands and congratulations to the volunteers from Dutch Fork for their participation in another successful Red Kettle Christmas Campaign,” said Major Roger Coulson, Regional Coordinator, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army of the Midlands. “We are truly grateful for the volunteer support that students and staff from all the participating high schools provide us during the busy holiday season. We hope to have more high schools get involved next year to help with making an impact in their local community.”
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org