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Bell ringers needed for Salvation Army red kettles in Waseca

Bell ringers needed for Salvation Army red kettles in Waseca

By 11 a.m., fewer than 20 bicycles remained and very few bags of toys and food.

"Sometimes we're just not able to help as many people as we did the previous year", said Lt. Charles.

Spokesperson Shannon Wise said the greatest need is for new, unwrapped toys, games, craft sets and hats/mitts. It's to help with our Christmas work and it's also to help the ongoing work of the Salvation Army.

But, whether their goal is met or not, volunteers like Anna say they will continue to do their part encouraging others to help brighten the holidays for someone less fortunate. They said volunteerism has been lower than most years, and red kettle locations are down due to stores terminating bell ringing agreements.

"We are just the bridge connection the people who want to help, with the people who need the help", said Kim Duquette, Salvation Army family services director.

The Salvation Army is an global Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882.




Weekend weather in the Topeka area is expected to be pleasant - with highs around 60 degrees on Saturday.

More than 2,200 applications were accepted this year, proving the need is growing in our community.

We're not sure why the level of volunteers and donations have waned this season. "My granddaughter said she knows it's cold when I get my big coat out", he said. The Salvation Army also has a worldwide presence in 127 countries around the globe. The annual Christmas dinner will be held on Tuesday and the Salvation Army expects to feed 300 people.

Daily, the Salvation Army's Social Service Case Managers meet the critical basic needs of providing financial assistance and emotional support to families facing payments of utility, water shutoff and rent eviction notifications.

The Salvation Army is now 20 percent down in donations from 2016.


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