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About Bellringer

The Ventura County Star's annual Julius Gius Bellringer campaign started on Thanksgiving, collecting donations from readers through Christmas and then forwarding them on to the Salvation Army to directly help local people in need.

Last year’s campaign netted $49,367, with the majority of the money raised coming from donations from individuals rather than from corporate giving.

The Star's Bellringer was created by the late Julius Gius, editor of the former Star-Free Press. He called on readers to help the needy after some shopping centers prohibited the Salvation Army from conducting its holiday kettle campaign. Gius wrote in a Nov. 19, 1979, column, "The Star-Free Press is going to be your 'Bellringer' for this one holiday season." Many stores allowed the kettles to return, but The Star's Bellringer continued. More than $1 million has since been raised for the local Salvation Army.


To donate

Make checks out to Bellringer and send them to:
Bellringer, Ventura County Star
P.O. Box 6006, Camarillo, CA 93011

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