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Salvation Army needs more bell ringers

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The Salvation Army of Montgomery County needs more bell ringers for the Red Kettle Campaign.

The annual holiday tradition raises money that is distributed to clients with emergency needs. Funds assist with food, clothing, utilities, medication, rent and disaster relief. The money raised stays in the community.

“Our kettles raise about $3 an hour when unmanned and about $75 an hour when manned,” said Clay Adams, Montgomery County kettle coordinator.

Volunteers are stationed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to Sunday at Walmart and Kroger. Ringers are asked to commit to ringing for one or two hours.

About 135 hours remain unfilled at Walmart. Volunteers can sign up online at registertoring.com or by calling Adams at 765-376-7194.

The campaign has raised around $7,000 this year, Adams said. There is no specific fundraising goal set.

Last year’s campaign brought in $20,000, and the agency was awarded an additional $20,000 in grants.

More than 200 people were assisted through last year’s funds, Adams said.

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