The Salvation Army is more than a Red Kettle

The Salvation Army is more than a Red Kettle

The Salvation Army is more than a Red Kettle

All of the children on the angel tree are from East Bell County, Millin said.

This holiday season salvation army took in 3,300 angel tree kids.

"It used to be that the Salvation Army was it", Duesenberry said.

Marquez hopes that whoever made the donation will see news coverage and know how much it was appreciated.

"I think [bell ringing] is a really good way to get donations for the less fortunate and it's great to help the community like that", Ferris welding engineering senior and bell ringer Danny Williamson said.

For the students that have already been giving their time, it has not gone unnoticed.

"What we'll do with the gift cards is make the purchases, the necessary purchases and we'll keep all of that at the Salvation Army and distribute that as needed", Lt. Larry Fulmer said.

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But donations are picking up, she said, which is a normal occurrence as Christmas nears.

Jakubeit said Rene van der Meijden, the church's Community Ministries director, told him they were looking forward to the change as a chance to connect more intimately with the people they were serving.

COM's goal for this holiday season is to raise $30,000, she said.

According to The Salvation Army, the donor wanted to provide this matching opportunity as a way to honor her late brother, who during his life had struggled with homelessness, addiction and poverty. "Maybe it's the nice weather we've had and people aren't in the Christmas spirit just yet". "Even today, a mom called and said, 'Our daughter and I would like to do another shift because she liked it, '" said Tatjana Eggie, who is co-ordinating volunteers.

Local schools also are concluding their food drives for the Salvation Army.

That's why Major Tidman said the program means a lot to the families.

Vowinckel also said that in the Clarion area, just as in Oil City and Franklin, people seem to have less money to give this year, possibly due to the hurricanes earlier this year or personal financial struggles.

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