Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
Research | By Clarence Powell

Salvation Army about 40% away from goal

Salvation Army about 40% away from goal

On Dec. 7, Laconia police responded to Main Street for a report of theft of money from the Salvation Army holiday collection bucket.

The Salvation Army's annual Christmas Bureau opened its doors at the Fairgrounds in Newton on Monday.

Between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. today, volunteers will be shopping at Target for gifts for Angel Tree recipients. I think we exceeded that. Captain Benny Carringer of the Wheeling Salvation Army says he used to be a recipient of Angel Tree gifts, and now he's honored to be apart of such an fantastic process.

"The Salvation Army, I would say that they are really the true stewards of goodwill, no matter where you go around the world. we support what you do every single day", he said. "And if a child asked for a specific thing that was not filled, we can use these toys to add to the angels that have already been returned by the volunteer shoppers".

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"They just wouldn't work out, they're just too expensive", said Flanagan.

People can donate to the Red Kettle Campaign until December 23. Donations are down 10% from past year so far.

To join the cause, donate at the kettle or send a check to Salvation Army, P.O. Box 614, Merrill, WI 54452. Botkin let it slip when he called Friday to make sure the commander was going to be at the toy drive donation.

Salvation Army bell ringers have become as much a part of the Christmas season as Santa.

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