I've only seen one Salvation Army bell-ringer so far this fall, outside of Walmart in Lorain this weekend. But right after Thanksgiving, they'll very likely be all over the place, and the sounds of the bells will be a cheery sign of the season.
Other years, the Salvation Army seems to have started its campaign much earlier. Was there a decision made this year to start later? I don't know. But I'm glad that the kickoff seems to be closer to the actual beginning of the Christmas season, so we don't get tired of it. Putting something in the Salvation Army kettles is always a special part of the holiday.
And sixty years ago, the Salvation Army in Lorain was dedicating its new home on Broadway, as noted in the full-page of articles and ads below from the November 3, 1962 Journal.