By Betsy Tepley
It is that time of year again, when in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the sight of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettles and the sound of bells remind us to be thankful for what we have and to think of others less fortunate. Often, when people think of those in need, they picture the homeless in large cities, not realizing the Salvation Army is hard at work here in our own local Morrison County communities.
As cuts in social services and layoffs take a toll on the poor, particularly the rural poor, the Morrison County Salvation Army chapter will be asking for our local communities to support Morrison County Salvation Army through the Christmas Red Kettle campaign. Our local Morrison County Salvation Army Service Unit puts Red Kettle funds to work, right here, all year long. It provides help with such services as utility and rent assistance, nourishment and shelter for Morrison County residents. We expect a great demand for services again this year, and will need your support more than ever.
By donating to the Bell Ringers’ Red Kettles at the Little Falls Walmart and/or Coborn’s, by offering your time to bell ring, or by dropping some coins into our red counter kettles that are placed in various stores in Little Falls, it will mean a brighter future and renewed chance for many Morrison County residents.
We will be bell ringing from Nov. 28 – Dec. 31, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. We do not collect on Sundays. If you would like to bell ring, please call (320) 360-1168 to get on the schedule.
We had a very good year last year and hope for an even better year this year. Need knows no season.
Betsy Tepley of Little Falls is the bell ringing coordinator for the Morrison County Salvation Army Volunteer Board.