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Sun, Aug. 09

Salvation Army needs bellringers

Williams Salvation Army needs volunteer bellringers for its annual December fund-raising drive.

Volunteers need to man donation sites the first weekend in December. The first three Fridays in December bell ringers will be out in force at The Stockmen’s Bank, the National Bank of Arizona, the Williams Post Office and Safeway. Bell ringers will remain Saturday and Sunday, all three weekends, at Safeway.

“If everyone in town would donate one hour of their time we would have more volunteers than we needed,” said Linda Russell, Salvation Army chairman and acting treasurer. “We are six volunteers strong, and all the money used during the year is brought in during our annual bell ringing.”

Since 1957, the Salvation Army has been in Williams helping out those in need.

Every year the organization gathers volunteers to ring bells around town and rebuild the fund used to assist people.

“Last year we raised $1,849, and all the money donated to our local chapter stays here in Williams,” Russell said. “We helped 43 families for a total dollar amount of $5,527.54. We also helped families traveling through Williams.

If everyone in town would donate one hour of their time we would have more volunteers than we needed.

We help families on a one time emergency basis. We assist them with their electric, gas, propane, wood and water. Through the Share program we are reimbursed for electric, gas and heating. We do not give assistance with deposits. We also help with prescriptions and oxygen. We work hand in hand with Mildred Reed at Community Service and our local Police Department

Last year we sent 11 children to the Salvation Army Camp in Heber. These children were between the ages of 7 and 11. We had several civic clubs help sponsor these children. The Williams Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Aspen Homemakers and ESA all stepped forward and helped either to sponsor a child or to help out with the expense of sending a child to camp .

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