The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

November 19, 2013

Salvation Army seeks bell ringers

By ANGIE ALVARADO
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE —

The Salvation Army is alive and well in Anderson County despite that folks don’t usually hear about it until disaster strikes or they are in need.

“The Salvation Army is not known in our community,” said Harold Pettit, who is on the board of directors and serves as treasurer for the Salvation Army of Anderson County.

“The Salvation Army does a lot here through the First Resource Center,” Pettit said, explaining that the center provides free food to those less fortunate in our community.

“The first Thursday of every month, the First Resource Center offers fresh produce from the Tyler Food Bank to residents of Anderson County.

There are many other ways the local Salvation Army helps those in our community through the First Resource Center, according to Pettit.

“We are feeding 10,000 people per year through the First Resource Center with involvement from the Salvation Army,” he added.

“We want the public to know that the Salvation Army is alive and well in Anderson County and that we care about helping needy people.”

But now it’s the time of year that the agency that helps others, needs a little help from the community it serves.

“The Salvation Army needs volunteers to serve as bell ringers,” Pettit said. “Bell ringers will start collecting donations next week at Walmart, so we really need volunteers to step up.

“All of the money collected here, 100 percent of it, stays in Anderson County to help residents,” Pettit said.

Bell ringers will collect donations starting next week and continue through Christmas Eve.

Persons who would like to volunteer, may call Dana Dowling at 903-729-6048 ext. 2317 or Helen Whaley at the same number but ext. 2319.