PHOTOS: Bellringer seeks holiday donations for Salvation Army

Monday, December 24, 2012 | 3:02 p.m. CST
Roberta Cason, a first-year volunteer, rings the Salvation Army bell outside Hyvee on Monday. Cason had been outside for two hours of her nine-hour shift in 25 degree weather. The Salvation Army hoped to raise $352,710 this year to provide services year round, including a shelter for men, women and parents with children, emergency food and clothing and youth character building classes.

COLUMBIA — Salvation Army volunteer Roberta Cason spent some time outside the Hyvee on West Broadway  on Monday ringing a bell and seeking donations from passersby.

The Salvation Army had raised $260,000 toward its annual campaign goal but lacked $94,000 as of Saturday.

The money raised from the Red Kettle campaign helps provide services year round, including a shelter for men, women and parents with children, emergency food and clothing, and youth character building classes. The money donated is also used for the group's Christmas assistance program.

There are about 20 Salvation Army red kettles in the Columbia area, and the kettles take donations from mid-November until Monday.











Harry Katz/ Missourian

A donor places a dollar in the Salvation Army donation bucket outside of Hy-Vee on West Broadway on Monday. As of Saturday, the Salvation Army needed about $94,000 to reach its campaign goal.

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