Salvation Army of Cortland to host first annual Thanksgiving basket giveaway

BELLS WILL BE RINGING — Maj. Mike Morton of the Brooke and Weirton Salvation Army is seen with one of the many kettles used to collect donations to help local residents in need. Salvation Army bell ringers can be found at many Brooke and Hancock county

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"It's throughout the year when we have people coming here everyday in need".

Last year, the goal was to raise $37,500 and when the kettles were collected the total was $49,500 mark.

"We provide about 240 lunches a week to different schools in North Bay and area". "That's who we are". Mike Morton of the Brooke and Weirton Salvation Army is seen with one of the many kettles used to collect donations to help local residents in need. Reading Royals mascot Slapshot also got in on the fun. These generous actions make all the difference to friends, family and neighbors in need.

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"We're hoping that eventually, we are nearly finished with the roof construction", Connelly said. "We wouldn't have had much of a Christmas if it wasn't for them, so it's just giving back". He said 520 families have applied for assistance so far this year through that program to get help with Christmas presents for children.

Hundreds of Fremont residents will donate their time ringing bells and collecting money for the Salvation Army this holiday season and people are urged to volunteer for an hour-long time slot by calling the Salvation Army at 402-721-0930, or by visiting www.ringbells.com. With more volunteers, more money can be raised, Ted Tressler said.Kettle-ringing shifts are typically four hours.

The Salvation Army Cortland Center will host its First Annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway on Monday, November 20th, by appointment only from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 2 p.m.at its Cortland Center, 138 South Main Street location.

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