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Published December 07, 2009, 09:22 PM

Salvation Army Holiday Campaign Underway In Devils Lake

You may have noticed Salvation Army bell ringers out at stores in Devils Lake. That's because the Lake Region service unit's holiday campaign is underway.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

You may have noticed Salvation Army bell ringers out at stores in Devils Lake. That's because the Lake Region service unit's holiday campaign is underway. Representatives say there is a great need this year, and they hope the bell ringers will raise $20,000 this holiday season.

It's a familiar sound to holiday shoppers - bell ringers by their red kettles. But the Salvation Army says because of the recession, the need is even greater this year.

Evan Heustis: "It is even more hurtful to the people whom the Salvation Army serves."

Lisa Ripplinger: "Our numbers have doubled this year and the needs have been not just financial."

In addition to money, the Salvation Army is looking for toys, clothing, blankets, and anything to help keep people warm this winter. It's also making it easy for people to donate money to those in need.

Lisa Ripplinger: "[Add]any dollar amount to your local grocery bill and that goes directly into our account here."

It also has table top kettles at local restaurants. And the bigger kettles that it's known for will also be set up around Devils Lake. For the next few weekends up until Christmas the Salvation Army will have bell ringers at Walmart and at K-Mart.

Evan Heustis: "We see fewer and fewer families able to provide these needs for their children, and that's where the Salvation Army comes into play."

The Salvation Army will be ringing bells, fundraising, and delivering gifts right up until Christmas Eve. It says even small donations can make a big difference.

Evan Heustis: "Just buying one extra gift for someone who has nothing would be a great reward."

The Salvation Army is still looking for bell ringers. Anyone interested in helping out this holiday season can call Lisa at 662 6069.

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