BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Major Donald Tekautz, who leads The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge, will be ringing the bell from 24 straight hours in order to raise money for the organization.
The major will be ringing the bell at North Mall Drive Walmart off Siegen Lane from 6 p.m. on Dec. 20 through 6 p.m. on Dec. 21.
“This year, we have very few days for our Red Kettle campaign due to Christmas and Thanksgiving falling so closely together. The Salvation Army relies on this critical fundraiser to help thousands of individuals and families during the upcoming year. We have to do all that we can and whatever it takes to make up the difference so that we can continue to serve the needs of the Greater Baton Rouge community,” said Major Tekautz.
Congressman Garret Graves made an appearance Sat, Dec. 21 to support the effort.
The major hopes to raise $5,000 during his marathon bell-ringing.
As a bonus incentive to for donors to give, all contributions will be matched by the advisory board of The Salvation Army up to $5,000 for the day for a combined total of $10,000.
Anyone interested in volunteering or donating should call volunteer coordinator, Morgan Dailey, at 225-678-2653. Click here to donate online.