Salvation Army looking for bell ringers

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The Lima Salvation Army needs volunteers

"Once again we ask for the community's help to make Christmas bright for families in need so no child or senior is forgotten".

The first red kettles went out Saturday at both Hy-Vee stores, Shopko and Hobby Lobby, while another 10 spots will be added around town by November 27.

"Even though our Angels may never know where these gifts come from, the feeling they get on Christmas morning when they open their gifts will stay with them forever", Major Charlotte Gargis, associate area commander of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma, told KFOR in 2016.

Within six years, the kettle idea expanded from the West Coast to around Boston, and 150,000 Christmas dinners were provided for the needy.

"We rely on 300-plus volunteers every year", Maria Sadowy, events media and volunteer co-ordinator at Community and Family Services and this year's Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign co-ordinator, said.

Still, the Salvation Army is hoping to reach its Huron County goal this season of $18,000.

The Salvation Army's red kettles outside of stores, with accompanying bell ringers, are an annual marker of the holiday season. It's 365 days a year.

The bells are coming back to Lawton. "There are many in our community who are not aware of the scope of what we do at the Community Life Centre, and so we would like to take this opportunity to share about our operations".

Last year, the campaign was able to exceed its goal, and both Sadowy and Roche are hoping to see the same this year.

In 1901, kettle contributions in New York City provided the first sit-down dinner in Madison Square Garden, a custom that continued for many years.

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