Thieves steal 2 Aurora Salvation Army donation kettles, bell and apron

Ann Santiago
December 12, 2017

People may sign up to be volunteer bell ringers at www.ringbells.org or by calling 309-829-9476, ext. 204.

With only 15 days left in this year's kettle campaign, the local group is only at 40 percent of its $825,000 goal. "So even when you put in a quarter every day it might not feel like much that one time but when you think about how much you give over the course of the whole Christmas season and how many people that give, it adds up so quickly".

The organization warns potential donors to always make sure they're giving money to a legitimate Salvation Army representative. "This provides shelter, food, and other basic needs to individuals and families in need". He said most of the donations come as dollar bills and change.

Aside from monetary donations, the Salvation Army is also looking for bell ringers through December 23.

Casey says, "They all fall into the category of needing Christmas".

"We brought them down to our church for toast and tea until the Red Cross arrived", Meery said.


Lt. Bernabe said, "It has to be someone who has a heart for what we do".

This year there are 55 volunteers helping with the kettles in New Waterford. "When they returned home from war, they were greeted by members of The Salvation Army and decided they wanted to be involved with the organization", Hargis said.

"We have two veterans volunteering this year".

There are red kettles at Wal-Mart and Hy-Vee entrances and counter kettles at the following businesses: South Nodaway Valley Bank, Hy-Vee Gas and Convenience, Pagliai's, Ace Hardware, Gray's Restaurant, Orscheln Farm and Home and O'Reilly Auto Parts.

"We might not reach our goal this year, but we are still very thankful for everyone that has contributed to our cause".

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