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December 27, 2013

Doing the most good

Bell ringers ‘keep the pot boiling’ this Christmas

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

The Milledgeville Belk store and Tractor Supply have angel trees adorned with the names of local children whose families are unable to provide gifts and clothing during the holidays. Donors can pick out a paper angel with a child’s name and purchase Christmas items for that child. Funds from the red kettle fundraiser help provide Christmas to children who do not get adopted off the angel tree.

“We want more families to come to us, not only at Christmas time,” Bell said. “We can help them over the bumps in the road; they can turn to us.”

As of Thursday evening, nearly $1.5 million was collected through the online red kettle. The national goal for the online red kettle is to collect $3 million. A donation of $25 to Salvation Army helps give a child clothing and school supplies; $50 helps feed a hungry child for an entire week; $75 helps heat a family’s home during the winter; and $100 helps shelter a homeless family for five days.

The community can drop off household items, furniture, clothing and monetary donations throughout the year at the local Salvation Army thrift store, located at 461 E. Hancock St.

“Anything we can’t use, it goes into recycling trucks that turn it into roofing materials and flooring materials; it does not end up in a landfill. Let us decide what’s trash and treasure,” Bell said. “Every dollar we sell goes back into the community to help families with their utilities.”

For more information about the Salvation Army, or to donate items, funds, or time, call Bell at 478-452-8737, or visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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