Wanted: kettle tenders, bell ringers
Dear Editor:This letter is a plea to all caring individuals to come forth as bell ringers to help lend the kettles at City and Clark’s markets this holiday season. The Roaring Fork Valley has seen tremendous growth over the past two decades. The needs of the working poor and families who need emergency help has also grown exponentially. This has been a daunting task for our local churches and charitable agencies in the valley. With the help of kettle tenders at Christmastime, local churches and charities in the valley can rely on the help of the Salvation Army to help them meet the needs of the working poor throughout the year, as “Need Knows No Season.”Your local Salvation Army is looking for bell ringers to station outside Clark’s and City markets. We need you to give two or more hours of your time for one or more days. You may choose a time that fits your schedule. Just slop by Clark’s Market or City Market for a sign-up sheet or call Jim Markalunas at 925-7071 and leave a message.”To share is to care.” Knowing that you are helping will make you feel good! I need help! So please volunteer! All of the money that goes into the kettles is used right here in the valley. The kettle funds are used principally as a safety net for those who need short-term help. Through your local Salvation Army unit, help is available. Prescription help, rent assistance to prevent eviction and utility disconnects are some of the ways the Salvation Army helps the working poor.Last year, 10 percent of your kettle funds were used for local LIFT-UP food and clothing needs. Last year we raised $9,860 from the Aspen kettles. This season, we want to raise $10,000 from Aspen kettles to help the poor. With your help we can do it!If you wish to be a “bell ringer” please call us at 925-7071 ASAP. We need your help as kettle-tenders at both markets. Can you help us, to help those who help others?Happy holidays to one and all!Jim MarkalunasAspen
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