SLOWINGTHERACINGMIND When the Bells Stopped Ringing...
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Donations at the Salvation Army kettles were down this holiday season, according to Lt. Mitch Brecto of the Jamestown Salvation Army. The organization is hoping other forms of donations will help cover the shortfall.
A stroke that left Howard Paulson paralyzed on one side didn’t stop him from ringing a bell for the Salvation Army.
The 85-year-old Bethany Homes resident spent an hour Monday at the Osgood Hornbacher’s raising money for the community.
By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications Co.
, November 29, 2011
With nary a can of beans on its shelves, the tables turned on a charitable organization recently.
The Salvation Army, which typically assists hundreds of Jamestown area residents per month, instead asked for assistance from the public, saying its food pantry was in dire need of donations.
The cupboards at Salvation Army in Jamestown look more like after-Christmas clearance aisles than stocked shelves for hungry families.
Peanut butter, tomatoes and a few tubes of toothpaste remain for those in need of assistance, but shelves alotted for rice, beans, noodles and a variety of other products are bare. A chest freezer, typically full of hamburger, ham and roasts, is empty.
The largest Salvation Army kettle in the United States is coming to Jamestown for White Cloud’s birthday.
“Big Sal” is 8 feet tall, weighs 2,300 pounds and can hold $230,000 in donations. It will be here for Saturday’s White Cloud’s 15th birthday parade.
The Salvation Army in Jamestown had a merry Christmas this year, but it didn’t come until late January.
The organization has exceeded its goal for the Kettle Campaign, and helped a record number of children with the Angel Tree program this year, it discovered this week.
The Grand Forks Salvation Army still has a ways to go to reach the $240,000 goal set for its annual bell ringing campaign, but Maj. Harold Baugh said 2010 was a “pretty good” year for the local charity.
By Ryan Johnson, Forum Communications Co.
, January 04, 2011
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