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Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle campaign

Meera Paul (at right) puts money into Salvation Army’s red kettle at the Saturday Red Kettle Kick-off in front of Richmond Apple Market. Salvation Army’s brass quartet (from left) Col. Ted Dalberg, Maj. Rick Carroll and Maj. Barbara Carroll and John Stewart (not pictured) performed traditional Christmas songs as part of the kick-off event. At far left is bell ringer Jim Pierce. Ray County Salvation Army hopes to raise $21,000 during the holiday season for next year’s emergency services budget. The organization currently has raised $1,000. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

Richmond resident Meera Paul says she comes every year to hear the music. She and Ray County Salvation Army board members tapped their toes and sang to traditional Christmas songs performed by the Kansas City-based Salvation Army brass ensemble Saturday in front of Richmond Apple Marketfor the organization’s Red Kettle Kick-off.

The brass quartet performed Friday night at Barney Allis Plaza in Kansas City, making its second stop in Richmond and then on to a Kansas City Hy-Vee later on the day, Salvation Army Maj. Rick Carroll said. Whether in the city or in outlying areas like Richmond, Carroll said the need was about the same.

“The music helps generate income for the project,” he said. Music mingled with the whiff of grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, which were free to participants and passers- by shopping at Apple Market. Salvation Army Supervisor Joy Story said burgers, hot dogs, chips and cookies were purchased from Apple Market as a way to support the struggling independent grocery store. Bob MacDonald, the store’s co-owner, said Apple Market is in the process of being sold.

Next to the brass quartet stood Jim Pierce, a Salvation Army bell ringer, now in his third year. He and others will try to ring in $21,000 in donations throughout the holiday season for Ray County. The $21,000 goal of funding stays in Ray County, Carroll says, to pay for emergency services and assistance.

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