Salvation Army red kettles half way to Christmas goal

Georgina Page Beresfords Shannon Lynch Beresfords with Salvation Army volunteers

The Salvation Army says it's all due to their donors and volunteers.

Bell ringers are present at 42 locations across Saginaw County.

"When I leave here today, even though I may be exhausted, I'm going to leave here today with pure joy and happiness and remembering and reflecting on all the smiling faces that I've seen today", said Ola Blackmon-McBride.

It's a long-term commitment for a long-term partner.

The Salvation Army is putting out the call for help.

And with help from his dad, he's never left without meeting his $5,000 goal.

"I was very pleased we still have that kind of caring spirit here in Charlotte", Larry Broome, Charlotte Salvation Army commander, said. "Many of the people we help do have jobs".

Scroggins said holiday music and younger bell ringers usually lead to more contributions. For member Janice Keough, the reason is simple. The Reno Corps set a $285,000 goal for this year.




"Salvation Army does not do door-to-door soliciting, so please if somebody comes to your door do not give them any money". He's handed out warm smiles and collected donations for 35 years.

"Think of those in need, think of us while you are shopping out there", said Lt. Urbaez.

This weekend, Salvation Army representatives will be busy packing toys for children.

This year's Angel Tree program distributed gifts, including 225 new bicycles, to 859 children from 340 area families, said Capt. Philip Canning, co-area Salvation Army commander with his wife, Capt. Elaine Canning. In fact, 105 bicycles and toys were delivered Friday morning by Mississippi Power Company employees.

"We started packing much later because we had a hard time locating the space that we'd been looking for", she said.

And it is just part of a big wave of giving.

This year, more than 900 families registered for the program. People seem to come out of the woodwork wanting to help with the kettles and all the things we do at Christmas.

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