Salvation Army seeks ringers

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

Jana Taylor would like to hear more seasonal bells a’ringing at Iola Walmart.
Taylor, executive director of the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Iola Kiwanis Club, is sounding a call for volunteers to man the famous Salvation Army red kettles at the store, which can only be set up if a person is nearby ringing a bell, Taylor said.
Kiwanians for years have handled the bell ringing, typically on weekends. Because of other obligations, the club’s availability this year is limited. Those wishing to assist should contact Taylor at 365-5252.
“We’d love to see other groups or clubs get involved,” said Dave Hudgens, a service extension field consultant for Salvation Army.
Hudgens spoke to Kiwanians Tuesday at their regular weekly meeting. He offered encouraging news.
“So far, we’re seeing that giving has increased across the state,” Hudgens said.
He hopes to see Allen County top last year’s collections of $1,886, nearly all of which was used to aid families in the county.
“We can’t do it alone,” Hudgens said. “That’s why we need everyone’s help.”
In today’s Register is an envelope addressed to The Salvation Army, giving readers the opportunity to express their support.
All proceeds will help local residents by providing emergency assistance with utilities, rent, prescriptions, food and clothing.
By putting the Salvation Army on your Christmas list, you’ll be the angel unaware, but appreciated.