by Sandi Austin

During the holidays, the familiar sights and sounds of The Salvation Army red kettle campaign were evident everywhere around town. The 2019 volunteer bell ringers were out in full force, representing 20 Longmont region businesses, organizations and churches.

The Salvation Army held a Bell Ringers Appreciation Breakfast January 18 to recognize those who were a part of the successful drive which brought in a total of $51,500.15! As the Salvation Army stated on their Facebook page, “we have another terrific campaign to celebrate!”

Forty-six volunteers from Heart of Longmont United Methodist Church were among the grand total of 656 who rang the bells this year. They put in a total of 20 hours, bringing in $2,690.92.

“People were very appreciative of our time and effort,” Marty Allison said. “There were a number of people and a couple of families who volunteered both weeks, for which we are thankful.”

Marty remembered one family’s little girl’s reaction to the experience: “When I went to collect money from their bucket, the little girl looked at me with big eyes and said, ‘We got a $20 bill!’”

Those who dropped money into the red buckets helped provide food, clothing, shelter, and hope for those in need. And to those who volunteered their time manning the red buckets, your help was much appreciated!

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