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Salvation Army seeks bell ringers

Proceeds used for New London area charities

By John Faucher

The Salvation Army Bread of Life Assistance Center at 301 E. Beacon Avenue is a busy place year round, but particularly leading up to the holidays.

Volunteers are busy preparing coat drives, accepting and organizing other donations such as clothing, personal care products and school supplies, and scheduling bell ringers.

“Volunteering to ring bells is great way to connect with the community, give back and share blessings and holiday joy,” said June Sawall, Red Kettle Coordinator for New London.

“We are in need of bell ringers to sign up for two hour shifts (or longer) throughout the holidays,” said Sawall. Bell ringing locations include Festival Foods, Piggly Wiggly and Wal-Mart. Times are available from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Some companies and churches have also asked to adopt a kettle for a day.

“We encourage this type of team work,” said Sawall. This year they have also placed out several desk kettles and are selling paper kettles at local establishments.

“All the money raised in our county, stays in our county,” said Sawall. The money is used all year long to sustain struggling families until they can get back on their feet.

“Our economy is still struggling and so are many of our neighbors. Most of them never expected to ever have to turn to the Salvation Army for help, but more and more they are coming to us for assistance with food, clothing, utility bills, or to help keep a roof over their heads,” said Sawall.

“Your donation of time or money is a gift that will give hope and make Christmas a little brighter for families in need,” she added.

To sign up for bell ringing in New London residents can contact June Sawall at 920-470-6416.

To volunteer in other Waupaca County communities contact Chuck in Clintonville at 715-460-4107, Ron in Manawa at 920-596-2478, Jerry or Lola in Waupaca at 715-258-5012, or Mary Jane in Weyauwega-Fremont at 920-538-2025.

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