Northwest Savings Bank has partnered with the local branch of the Salvation Army in an effort to assist with fundraising this holiday season.
In past years, several individual departments had volunteered their time to ring the bells outside of the downtown branch of Northwest, but this year efforts have been significantly increased.
Red Kettle season began Monday, Nov. 19 and through the holiday season anyone seen outside of a Northwest Savings Bank building will be an employee volunteering their time. This marks the first year that all employees from the corporate offices and the branches will be taking a turn ringing the familiar bells that can be heard every year throughout the country.
"This is a great help to our fundraising," said Major Ronald Starnes of the Salvation Army, as he thanked Rhonda Trimpey, one of the first Northwest employees to brave the cold and ring the bell.
Not only are the downtown branches participating, but both the Jackson Run Road and Ludlow Street branches will have a red kettle located outside as well.
"We are proud to serve the community," added Paul Schultz, Warren area manager for Northwest.