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 donateMake checks out to Bellringer and send them to:
Bellringer, Ventura County Star
P.O. Box 6006, Camarillo, CA 93011
Ojai woman gives to Bellringer, remembers how Salvation Army helped her father
Published 12/11/2013 at 8:45 p.m. 0 comments
Marie Wendel learned the importance of giving from her father, Robert Day.
Ventura Bellringer donor remembers friend of 30 years
Updated 12/9/2013 at 5:37 p.m. 0 comments
Doug Messner donated to Bellringer this year in memory of his friend, Douglas Baisch, who had a story and good joke to tell at every occasion.
Bellringer donor honors wife of 60 years
Published 12/7/2013 at 6:28 p.m. 0 comments
Dale and Joanne McMillan got to spend their retirement years exploring the world. They took 25 cruises and went through the Panama Canal three times.
Ventura woman gives to Bellringer to remember 'three sweet ladies'
Published 12/6/2013 at 3:20 p.m. 0 comments
Judy Lary donated to Bellringer this year in memory of "three sweet ladies" — one of them her best friend for 25 years.
Ventura woman's love story sparks Bellringer donation
Published 12/5/2013 at 3:59 p.m. 0 comments
The stars were whirling past Bob Cossart and his date, Eloise Roney, as they rode the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier that night in 1946.
Ventura couple give to Bellringer to 'brighten a child's Christmas'
Published 12/4/2013 at 3:07 p.m. 0 comments
For years, Carolyn and Mason Parrish gave to Bellringer in memory of people they loved. But now the Ventura couple are giving "to help brighten a child's Christmas."
Oxnard couple honor parents with Bellringer donation
Published 12/2/2013 at 5:57 p.m. 0 comments
When Marvin Long was a "little guy" in a poor neighborhood in Canton, Ohio, the Salvation Army was there for his family.
Julius Gius Bellringer holiday drive raises money for those in need
Published 11/30/2013 at 4:42 p.m. 0 comments
The Star's annual Julius Gius Bellringer drive will run through Christmas, with a list of new contributions published daily, except Mondays.
Star's Bellringer campaign raises $49,367 for Salvation Army
Published 1/5/2013 at 7:30 p.m.
The totals are in, and the final tally for contributions to the Bellringer campaign, a joint effort of the Ventura County Star and the Salvation Army, is $49,367.55.
Bellringer donation triggers holiday memories for Camarillo woman
Updated 12/24/2012 at 2:48 p.m.
When Jeanne Bendot of Camarillo donated in her late husbands name to Bellringer, she thought of the holidays.
Every year, it's for mom
Published 12/22/2012 at 9:23 p.m.
Linda Nafie's mother always donated to the Bellringer campaign and she has continued that tradition since Delores passed away in 2003.
Ventura woman donates to Bellringer to remember brother and mother
Published 12/21/2012 at 10:25 p.m.
Since her brothers death, Carrie Jones has made a Bellringer donation to remember his generosity, which she hopes will help to inspire others.
Camarillo woman remembers late fiance with Bellringer donation
Published 12/20/2012 at 4:28 p.m.
Saturday will mark the six-month anniversary of Phil Denemark's death, and Diane Salisbury chose to remember her fiance with a Bellringer donation.
Oxnard couple honor former mail carrier with Bellringer gift
Updated 12/19/2012 at 4:52 p.m.
Rodney Wittrocks death from colon cancer about five years ago still stings for Maureen and Bill Hathoot, who donated to Bellringer this year in Wittrocks memory.
Two Santa Paula High teachers honored by son with Bellringer gift
Updated 12/18/2012 at 5:57 p.m.
Robert Bryden and his wife, June, donated to the Bellringer campaign in honor of his dad and mom, who were both longtime teachers at Santa Paula High.
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