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Christmas Help for the Salvation Army
Thursday, 05 December 2013

December 6--  The bells are ringing for the Salvation Army Red Kettles this year at the Vidalia Walmart.

ImageVidalia Fireman Frank Williams (left) makes a Red Kettle donation Thursday morning during the bell ringing shift of Vidalia Rotarian Brian Fabacher.

Local Director Sandy Roberts says they're collecting money to buy toys for kids and food for senior citizens.  She says the list of nearly 250 seniors has never been longer.

"By the time they pay for their medicine and pay their bills, they just don't have any extra money to buy food for the holidays," she says.

The other big push for kids' toys is more critical this year because there's no longer an Angel Tree program.  In its place, the Salvation Army is asking you to drop off unwrapped gifts for kids ages ten and under at the Red Kettle locations through Saturday.

"We still have over 150 kids we have to get gifts for," Roberts says.

And she's especially thankful for some local businesses who have stepped up to help.

"Vidalia Ford bought over 80 bicycles and gifts for some of our kids, the Daniels family bought for about 20 and the Meadows Wellness Center took 50 kids.  The community is rallying around us because we don't have the Angel Tree this year," Roberts reports.

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