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Letter: Salvation Army Christmas Kettles out in the community

It’s that time of year again, when in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the sight of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettles and the sound of the bells reminds us to be thankful for what we have and to think of others less fortunate. Often when people think of those in need, they picture the homeless in large cities, not realizing the Salvation Army is hard at work here in our own community.

As cuts in social services and work layoffs take a toll on the poor – particularly the rural poor – the Salvation Army unity of Stevens County is asking for our community to support Salvation Army services through the Christmas Kettle campaign. Our local Salvation Army service unit puts Christmas Kettle funds to work, right here, all year long, providing summer camps scholarships, utility assistance, nourishment and shelter for Stevens County residents. We expect an even greater demand for services this year, and will need your support more than ever.

Donating to the red kettles or offering your time to ring the bell will mean a brighter future and renewed chance for many Stevens County residents. If you are able to ring the bell, please call the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 320-589-0483.