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Salvation Army holiday bellringing begins in M'ville

 

November 22, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

From left, Marysville City Council member Steve Mueller, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and Marysville Fire District Chief Martin McFalls ring bells at the Marysville Fred Meyer to kick off the Salvation Army's red kettle fundraiser on Nov. 17.

Bells will be ringing now outside Marysville stores as the local Salvation Army kicked off their red kettle donation collections which are a holiday-time tradition.

City officials and Salvation Army members celebrated the start of the bellringing with a "Kettle Kick Off" on Nov. 17 at the Marysville Fred Meyer.

"We'll be here up until Christmas raising money for people in need in our community," said Lt. Michael Galindo, ministry leader for the Marysville/Tulalip Outpost of the Salvation Army.

Galindo said there will be nearly 20 locations around the city where they will be collecting.

Funds collected go to a variety of programs provided by the Salvation Army.

Year-round they serve three meals a week to the public.

"We get a good turnout for those. And they're good meals too, they're full and balanced. It's not just leftovers," said Galindo.

They also provide direct financial assistance to families who are going through struggles.

"For example, if someone has an eviction notice we can help them. Or if their utilities are about to be disconnected, we can help with that," said Galindo.

The Salvation Army also provides seasonal programs such as toy assistance for families during the holidays, sending kids to summer camp and helping with back-to-school supplies, and funds collected during the holidays help with those programs as well.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and other officials came out to support the kick off for the bellringing efforts.

"We always support any charitable cause in the community, and the Salvation Army has been a part of Marysville for a long time," Nehring said.

"We're really grateful for the work that they do in Marysville," he said.

Galindo said many people like the bellringing as it reminds them of the holidays and Christmas-time.

"What I really like about the kettle fundraiser is that anyone can give just a few cents and that all adds up," he said.

Around 10 percent of the Salvation Army's income comes from change, he said.

"People don't walk into a charity office to donate a couple of nickels and dimes, but they can with the kettles," he said.

Galindo said when he participates in bellringing, he enjoys seeing how generous many people are and enjoys hearing people's experiences.

"People have stories of the Salvation Army and they share those," he said. "People that have been served in their youth from our programs," such as a program that drives kids to events that don't have the transportation to get there normally.

"Sometimes even war veterans come with stories about being served coffee and donuts overseas," Galindo said.

Galindo looks forward to the holiday season and the programs that will be able to help more people in the future.

"I'm really excited to see what we can do with the money that comes in for the people who may need help," he said.

People interested in volunteering for bellringing or as a part of other Salvation Army projects can find more information at http://www.volunteer.usawest.org.

 

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