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November 26, 2010

Salvation Army bell ringing begins

CLAREMORE — Shoppers began hearing the familiar holiday sound of the Salvation Army bell this morning as the Christmas fundraiser got underway.

Members of the community volunteer to ring the bell through Dec. 23 in front of Walmart.

All money donated stays in Rogers County.

“It goes toward electric bills, gas bills, medicine, and emergency situations locally,” said Barbara Ingram, president, Salvation Army — Claremore Unit. “It helps our neighbors who are facing difficult circumstances.”

Total raised last year was $18,000.

“That’s a lot of quarters!,” Ingram said. “I’m always amazed at how generous our community is.”

Churches and service organizations provide volunteers to ring the bell throughout the holiday shopping season.

Members of National Honor Society, Student Council, JROTC and the Native American Club at Claremore High School will be ringing the bell from 4-6 p.m. every day expect Sunday.

And for the first time this year, children will also participate. Claremont Elementary School students and staff will ring on Dec. 4.

A few time slots remain open for bell ringing volunteers. For more information, call Barbara Ingram at 341-7108.

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