SHARING IS CARING — Hands of the volunteers ringing in the holidays for the Salvation Army. Photo courtesy of Beverly Anderson
By Tirsea McNeal, I-O Reporter
Winter coats, mittens and scarves have been purchased for local families with the proceeds from the local Salvation Army.
In addition to this year’s Christmas proceeds, 36 backpacks were purchased earlier this year for schools in Pondera County.
Beverly Anderson is in charge of Conrad’s Salvation Army activities. She said, “All our bell ringers are volunteers. All money donated goes to the Salvation Army, and all those proceeds go back to our county,”
Anderson has been heading up the program for the last 12 years, but she said “The Salvation Army organization has been here long before that.”
The two locations where Salvation Army bell ringers have been stationed are Gary and Leo’s IGA and Town Pump.
Anderson said, “Both places are very gracious about allowing bell ringers to collect money and ring bells.”
She said involvement is very good for kids and she never has to call for volunteers. “It’s a good way for kids to learn now to give. You can explain what the money goes for and they’re glad to do it.”
She added, “Someone dropped off a check this morning for $50. It all goes to the cause and not the administration. It’s a wonderful organization.”