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Red Kettle “bell ringers” needed for holiday fundraising

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From the Salvation Army of Wellsville,

We all know Christmas season has arrived when the sound of bells greets us at our grocery stores and shopping center stops.  You maybe even know by putting in some loose change, bills or even a check that you are helping the work of the Salvation Army in town.  But do you know that bell ringing requires over 1100 volunteer hours?  Perhaps you would consider filling one or two of these hours this year.  If you’re on the fence at all, read on to see all the wonderful ways the Salvation Army is serving our community.

For over 120 years the Salvation Army has served the community of Wellsville.  In that time they have committed to meeting human needs in Jesus’ name without discrimination as they share the love of God.  Over the past year their numbers served through their food pantry in Wellsville have continued to climb, holding steady at around 600 persons served per month.  That’s about 10% of the population of Wellsville.  These numbers  don’t reflect the other services provided to all of Allegany and northern Potter Counties, such as emergency shelter, gas cards, referrals to other programs, and prayer and discipleship for those who are willing to accept it.  But the Salvation Army can’t do all of this alone.  Its very roots of an army hints at a team – not a mission intended to be moved by just one or two people.  This Christmas season, please consider joining this team.  Your smiling face and joyful presence at one of five INDOOR locations in Wellsville by the Red Kettle can help feed families, provide shelter and heal the souls in your own neighborhood.  So grab a friend or family member, call one of the following numbers and sign up for a time slot that works for you!   

Sign up by calling 585.593.2640, 585.610.7068 or stop into the Salvation Army on Pearl Street in Wellsville.

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