Economy

Ringing the bell: A family tradition

Ringing the bell: A family tradition

"Because of the great support from so many people in Siouxland we are once again able to make Christmas a joyful time for hundreds of Siouxland families", Major Von R. Vandiver of the Siouxland Salvation Army said in a release".

The Salvation Army made a decision to auction the tickets, with the proceeds from the sale going to the Red Kettle Fund, which provides critical meals, warm clothing and toys for struggling families.

Salvation Army of Livingston County volunteers are ringing at 16 locations across the county, including all the Kroger stores, Walmart stores, VG's, Busch's, JC Penney, TJ Maxx and Jonna's Market and Party Store.

The Salvation Army has set a statewide Red Kettle Campaign goal of $3.5 million this year. Now they need your help. "All the things we do helping the community", said Robinson.

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The group said the program helped almost 100 children in its first year.

Approximately 30 volunteers assisted Salvation Army staff with the distribution Thursday, Riley said.

"The Salvation Army said they are also short-staffed for outside bell ringers and can always use the extra help. I'm happy we can help out a whole lot of families", Byrd said. "We have 12 in the city".

December 9 was Collective Match Day, when the $31,664.33 total amounted to the most raised on a single day in two years.

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The Salvation Army has occupied the work space since December 1.

To offset specific wishes that could not be fulfilled due to funding, a section of the gym was organized with toys so that children would still receive a gift.

People wanting to volunteer can contact the Salvation Army at 304-485-4529.

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