Salvation Army bell ringers will be out soon

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    By Nancy Rea
    The Salvation Army

    Christmas is right around the corner and soon you will see many local volunteer community members ringing bells at the Salvation Army Red Kettle located at City Market. 

    We’d like you to know what happens to the coins, checks and hard-earned dollars you place in the red kettle every year because, well, it’s all really good. 

    Over the years, your contributions have helped Salvation Army in Archuleta County meet requests such as funding bus rides, hot showers, emergency lodging, utility bills, clothing, rent, food, prescriptions, medical services and more. Could it have been your donation that purchased a sleeping bag to keep someone warm? Quite possibly. Salvation Army has financially assisted local nonprofit organizations and food pantries. We’ve helped supply diapers, car seats, turkeys, food boxes and back-to-school items. We simply meet needs at the point of need. 

    You’ll appreciate knowing that everyone involved with our local Salvation Army Service Unit gives the gift of their time to serve people requesting our assistance. The volunteers you see bell ringing at the red kettle provide you an opportunity to generously give so folks in need can receive a helping hand from Salvation Army. Please smile at the amazing bell ringers and drop a donation in the kettle this season. 

    When you give, you are partnering with Salvation Army in their mission to serve our area. Working together, using your generous contributions, lives are being immediately impacted in the community. Please know that however big or small, your donation is appreciated and does not go unnoticed. 

    If you’re not able to make it by the red kettle this year, please consider directly mailing a check to: Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1567, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer at the kettle, please call our kettle coordinator, Tom Bruin, at (224) 730-7910. 

    Have a very merry Christmas, and thank you for giving.