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Salvation Army reports the annual bell ringing fundraiser has netted $14,367 of the $25,000 goal.
The money raised is for the emergency fund to help people here in Ray County with such needs as utilities, rent, and medical expenses. Assistance in these areas is available through an application process.
Judy Zilliox, Salvation Army caseworker, said the toy and food drive has gone well.
“Toys are good and the food is too,” she said, and expressed her thanks to those that have donated.
Yesterday was the deadline to apply for Christmas assistance. The Toy Store will open today for those that went through the application process, and will assist with providing many area children with toys on Christmas morning.
Of course the need for food, and cash for other necessities remains an issue throughout the year. The shaky economy has increased the numbers of families that are coming in for services.
The bell ringing campaign will continue through Christmas Eve.
The Hardin-Central food drive continues through Friday and monetary donations are accepted.
Richmond Kiwanis Club members will be outside Wal-Mart on Saturday ringing bells.