Holiday Kettle Drive begins

It’s time once again for the Salvation Army’s only fundraiser of the year, the annual kettle drive.

Bell ringers will be collecting funds again at Walmart and Dave’s County Market in Merrill. On Dec. 10, First Street Coffee Station in Merrill will be offering free coffee from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in exchange for a donation in the kettle.

Other ways people can help the campaign are: volunteering to be a bell ringer, purchasing a paper kettle for $1 at area taverns and other establishments, giving a $5 donation for a stuffed bear available at local banks, or purchasing a “Pass the Bucket” pin for $25 which allowed you to pass the kettle guilt-free throughout the whole Christmas season. Checks in any amount are also welcome.

Although the Salvation Army is only highly visible during Christmas and times of disaster, such as the Merrill tornado, the Army provides support to Merrill area residents throughout the year. Support is provided in the form of vouchers to help with rent, utility, medical and transportation expenses. Funds are also used to assist the homeless with establishing housing and basic needs.

The coordinator of the Merrill campaign this year is Sharon Anderson. To volunteer to bell ring, you can reach her at 715-921-0673. If you wish to support the campaign with a check, you may send it to: Salvation Army, P.O. Box 614, Merrill, WI 54452.

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