Winslow Salvation Army prepares for giving season

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Connie Walton from the local Salvation Army Service Extension Unit spoke to the Winslow Rotary Club Nov. 17. The very informative talk consisted of a brief history of the Salvation Army, its inception, and worldwide involvement today. The Salvation Army is in 121 countries and territories, and is connected to many types of services for people.

Arizona has 33 extension units and is part of the southwest division. Winslow is one of those units, serving local families in crisis for basic living needs. The local board and the all volunteer members helped more than 70 families, which translates into about 200 people, last year.

Through the SHARE program of Arizona utility companies and local fundraising efforts by the local extension unit, funds can be distributed to needy individuals and families that meet certain guidelines. The fundraising activity that the Salvation Army is most noted for is the Christmas Bell Ringing. This year a Christmas in July Bell Ringing helped raise funds that assisted many during the hot summer months. This year the volunteers will be out with their "red kettles" beginning on the day of Winslow's Christmas Parade. These dedicated volunteers will continue to "ring for donation" at Wal-Mart between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every day until Christmas Eve.

Last year the local unit raised $6,500, putting in 209 man hours. All funds remain in Winslow, so let's all support this very worthy organization.

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