Ring a bell to help neighbors in need
People are always looking for opportunities to assist others during this time of the season. A great opportunity that many are participating in is volunteering to just ‘ring a bell’ for the Salvation Army main fundraising campaign.
I took my turn last week standing in front of Kroger for a couple hours. It was good to see and visit with people I know and it warmed the heart as parents urged their children to place the funds in the red kettle. Those pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, dollar bills, etc. are multiplied and have such a great impact on the lives of others. Often I heard that they wished they had more to share.
Many others are also participating but unfortunately, there are still more slots to fill between now and Christmas. It is more critical this year as needs of people continue to rise and the number of days are fewer. Over 2,000 people in the county were served in 2013 thanks to the generosity of those who gave last year. Each service unit in the Midland Division is responsible for raising their own funds to assist local residents. In essence, the more people who give to the ‘kettle’ there will be more people served in 2014.
So if your church, youth group, business or individuals want to help make a difference they may still do so. If you can give an hour or two to stand and man the kettle, just call Phyllis Cross at 636-462-2458 or Tammy Deutsch at 636-295-2432. They will be happy to find a time that would fit your holiday schedule.
Ken Woodruff (left) and Sam Eggering (right), employees of Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, of Troy, take their turn at the red kettle.