Gold coins found in Salvation Army holiday kettle in Florida

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After all, offering goodwill to the community is a mainstay for Take a Hike, an innovative adventure-based learning program run out of Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre.

Because of the soot and chemical odors throughout the building that has penetrated the toys and food, those items can't be given to the 200 families who signed up, Brown said.

Sheriff Chuck Phillips said it's a way for his personnel to give back to the community. "So many things are going on now that I think they are afraid of it", he said. It seems everywhere you go, you see The Salvation Army Bell Ringers collecting money for our local Corps.

With two weekends remaining before Christmas, the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign has reached the halfway mark of its $195,000 goal. DeCicco-Best is this year's chair for the kettle campaign.

Money that you put in the kettles here in Martinsville and Henry County stays here to fund Salvation Army programs year-round.

"This 2017 campaign is important due to the increase in demand for services", she stressed.

The local Salvation Army uses the money raised to fund a variety of local services including a thrice-weekly community meal, a food pantry, utility bill assistance, rental assistance, a summer camp, and programs that can help pay for home heating repairs and auto repairs.

He gave a heartfelt, "Thank you, Merry Christmas", as they pushed a few bills or sprinkled some change in his No. 25 red kettle.

"It makes me feel good, and it makes me feel happy", she said. We have to pay for gasoline to drive out and collect those kettles and bring them in. We rely heavily on our Red Kettle donations to stretch through the year.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Salvation Army served over 200 meals in Altus at the 7th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner and anticipate serving just as many meals at the Christmas Dinner in Hollis coming up on December 21.

Officials say more than 400 families need help this year, the event goes until Friday.