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Christmas toy distribution held at Salvation Army of Marquette

Christmas toy distribution held at Salvation Army of Marquette

It's the giving season.

Photo by Evan Bevins Salvation Army of Parkersburg volunteer Kyle Wiegel holds a bag of toys and bicycle for a family receiving assistance through the Angel Tree program Thursday. "And at that day, your donations will be matched at the kettle". The non-profit organization is asking for the community's support to help reach their goal of $100,000.

One read, "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings", from the classic "It's a Wonderful Life", and the other read, "What if Christmas doesn't come from a store?"

Red Kettles are set up at 21 locations across Lawton, including Central Mall and Wal-Mart.

The number of children served was up slightly over 2016, Riley said.

December 9 was Collective Match Day, when the $31,664.33 total amounted to the most raised on a single day in two years.

On average, volunteers spend around 4,000 to 5,000 hours ringing bells for the red kettle campaign.

It's never too late to start a family tradition, and what better tradition, then to give back to an organization that gives to so many others.

The executive director of Low Income People Involvement of Nipissing, Lana Mitchell, says her organization's Santa Fund is also struggling to find resources.

It's a sound you hear, year after year, a little hand bell rung by Lawrence Bell. "Or, to give them hope where they didn't have hope".

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit had taken in $4.3 million out of its $7.85 million goal for the year, as of Tuesday.

The bell-ringing campaign, which began on November 11, traditionally ends on Christmas Eve, but it will halt a day early this year because the eve falls on a Sunday.

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