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December 13, 2012

Salvation Army puts call out for bell-ringers

MEADVILLE — Salvation Army volunteer and Kettle Coordinator Howard Crow is sending out a call to arms for generous citizens willing donate their time as bell-ringers for the Kettle Drive or adopt a child for the Angel Tree program.

Both areas of the Salvation Army’s charity efforts require some assistance to better serve Meadville’s needy.

“We still have about 150 kids to buy for,” Crow said. “We’re looking for people to adopt these children.”

Contributors of the Angel Tree program can adopt one or more children for whom they can purchase new clothing or toys, which will be delivered to them on Christmas day.

In the meantime, the Kettle Drive needs bell-ringers to stand at the Salvation Army’s trademark red kettles in front of local businesses around town to collect monetary donations, said Crow, hoping Meadville will continue living up to its generous reputation.

“Based on the current level of need, we’re hoping to service almost two times the number of people we did last year,” he said.

Last year, the Meadville area’s Salvation Army Kettle Drive totaled more than $55,000, up about $10,000 from the prior year, and went to assist almost 6,400 individuals in the Meadville area. This year’s goal is $65,000.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call Crow at (814) 795-4496 to apply.

Konstantine Fekos can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kfekos@meadvilletribune.com.

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