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November 21, 2011

Salvation Army helps fire victims, others

OSKALOOSA — The familiar chime of Salvation Army bells rang once again this Saturday.

Salvation Army volunteers in Mahaska County began their bell-ringing campaign at places like Hy-Vee and Fareway as customers passed in and out of these high-traffic areas.

At VFW Post 34, the bell-ringing season kicked off with bell-ringers gathering to view a taped message from keynote speaker A.J. Hodgeman of CRI.

Jerry Morrison of the Salvation Army in Mahaska County, also spoke at the VFW.

For the first time this year, fire victims in Oskaloosa received aid from the Salvation Army’s state-level funding, said Morrison. These included victims of the apartment building fire in Oskaloosa. The apartment building, in the 700 block of High Ave. W., burned to the ground in December 2010. After receiving aid from the Red Cross first, the Salvation Army helped three of the four families living in the apartment building, said Morrison.

He said the Salvation Army helped them with rent, utilities and even clothing, before commenting that Love INC and SIEDA did their part to help these people, as well.

Morrison said there are plenty of bell-ringing hours waiting for volunteers to take advantage of this year.

“Tell your friends about it,” said Morrison, urging volunteering with the Salvation Army.

To volunteer with the Salvation Army in Mahaska County, contact Morrison at (641) 295-0942. Donations can be mailed to the Salvation Army in Mahaska County at P.O. Box 487, Oskaloosa, IA 52577.

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Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.

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