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Sullivan Community Fills Red Kettles

PRIVATE DALTON FAULKNER, on leave from Ft. Benning, GA, dressed up as Santa Claus to ring bells for the Salvation Army. Pictured with him is Santa’s helper Alan Williams.

Once again, the Sullivan community was embraced by the spirit of Christmas and gave generously to the 2012 Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, volunteer bell-ringers from various churches and community organizations could be found in front of Walmart, filling the air with the sound of bells ringing and words of “Thank you!” and “Merry Christmas!” in response to those who filled the kettles with their offerings. All donations, large and small, are greatly appreciated, and this year’s donations came to a grand total of $10, 326.70. 85 percent  of that amount will remain in the Sullivan community, where it will be used to offer assistance to those in need.
A project like this always depends upon a lot of people to make it happen. First and foremost, a huge “Recognition!” goes to all of the volunteer ringers, many of whom did their work in the cold and rain. Much appreciation, also, to Liz Sabatino, and the Meramec Community Mission, who coordinated the volunteers. A special recognition goes to Walmart for their willingness to allow us to ring in front of their doors. Appreciation is due to Tracy Watters, from the Bank of Sullivan, who collected and counted and deposited the money, and otherwise took care of the banking end of things.  Finally, much appreciation to the Sullivan community for your generosity, and for once again filling the Red Kettles!

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