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It’s kettle time

Dear Editor:

To all caring individuals “

It will soon be Thanksgiving when we, as a nation, give special thanks for God’s blessing upon our families and country. Let us especially remember in our prayers all the young men and women in the service, especially our troops in Iraq.

The Salvation Army is now looking for volunteers who can donate some time in tending a kettle or ringing a bell this year. We are seeking young and old alike to station outside Clark’s and City Markets during the holiday season, between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We need volunteers who can give a couple of hours of their time for one or more days.

Volunteers may choose any time or day that fits their schedule. Just stop by Clark’s or City Market and ask for a sign-up sheet, or call Jim at 925-7071 or The Salvation Army at 945-6976 and leave a message.

What would the shopping season be, without kettles? When you drop your coins in the red kettle you will also be saying, “I care!” for “To share is to care.” There is no greater gift you can receive, than the gift of giving. But giving of your time is the best gift of all. Knowing that you are helping someone will also make you feel good!

The kettle funds are used principally as a safety net for those who are in need of short-term help. Through your local Salvation Army unit, help is available for the working poor. Prescription help, rent assistance to prevent eviction and utility disconnects are some of the ways these funds help the working poor. As a bell-ringer, you will be helping the local churches and charities to meet the needs of the working poor throughout the year, as “Need Knows No Season.”

Emergency funds for car trouble, funeral expenses, and temporary shelter are also available, because of your fund-raising efforts. Last year, we raised $8,551.23 in Aspen and a percentage of these kettle funds were donated to the local “LIFT UP” for their emergency food and clothing needs.

This Christmas season, we need to raise $10,000 in Aspen town to help the poor of the valley without food or shelter. You can also mail donations directly to the local Salvation Army unit, c/o PO Box 2964, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602. All checks should have the notation “Local Use Only.”

If you wish to be a “Kettle Tender,” please contact me at (970) 925-7071 ASAP, as I need your help for this season. Can you help us to help those who help others?

We need you now! During this holiday season, let us be a beacon of hope for the poor and less fortunate. I thank you for caring and sharing in your blessings, and in the words of Tiny Tim: “God bless you! One and all!”

Jim Markalunas

Aspen


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