Chandler Salvation Army bell ringer collects $31000

KATE YORK The Marietta Times
Tava Douglas of Marietta a bell ringer for 20 years takes donations outside the Marietta Walmart on Thursday

By 11 a.m., fewer than 20 bicycles remained and very few bags of toys and food. "It's not a permanent fix and it's not something that can be all the time, but it's definitely there when they need it".

The campaign is the major fundraiser for the Salvation Army, and thanks to helping hands, the overhead is low.

The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle campaign is one and a half weeks from the final collection day and although the city has been supportive, the total collected has fallen far behind previous year at this point.

Among the area locations where residents can find a Red Kettle volunteer and assist the Salvation Army's efforts to help those in need include: Price Chopper, 1790 Black River Blvd.; AmericCU Credit Union, 1916 Black River Blvd.; Tops Market, 217 Erie Blvd.

With Waseca's Quad/Graphics plant closing, Veroeven says there is likely greater need this year for the services money raised through red kettles provides.

7-year-old Hudson Morley from Whalen Corners came to London with his 3-year-old brother Carter to donate toys and money from their piggybanks.

This year's Red Kettle Campaign kicked-off Monday, Nov. 13, but bell ringing didn't begin until Saturday, Nov. 25. So we have to pay people to stay [with kettles], although some people volunteer, but not everybody volunteers. "We would not be able to raise these much-needed funds without their support". "People are giving, don't get me wrong, but it's kind of hard at this time to write a cheque for $10 000 or so because things are tight all round", she said. Developed with the Royal Bank of Canada, the Salvation Army Kettle App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. The annual Christmas dinner will be held on Tuesday and the Salvation Army expects to feed 300 people.

The Salvation Army is one of the most trusted human service organizations and is committed to "Doing the Most Good" with your contributions, time and resources-$.87 of every dollar goes directly to programming/services.

On Friday, families will stop by the Salvation Army Warehouse to collect their holiday gifts.

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