Salvation Army hosting dunk tank and more

Call it Christmas in July, a time when you can beat the heat by dreaming of a December snow.

The Columbus office of the Salvation Army will host a dunk tank, balloon toss, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Rural King, 2985 National Road in Columbus.

Plus, you can even sign up to be a bell ringer at one of about 20 Salvation Army kettles for its 2016 Red Kettle Campaign beginning late this fall through Dec. 24.

Capt. Alan and Jodi Sladek, local leaders of the social service agency, said the gathering is meant to familiarize people with the Salvation Army’s mission and purpose. It operates a Christian church, food pantry, various after-school programs, men’s and women’s outreaches, and sends children to summer camps, among other activities.

“We are not just bell ringers,” Jodi Sladek said.

Information: 812-372-7118.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.