A staggering number of volunteer hours made the 2018 Salvation Army bell ringing season a success.

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind them, the Rogers County Salvation Army advisory council has been able to reflect on what they called an outrageously successful season.

The iconic red kettles were placed at Walmart, Reasors, 10Box Cost Plus and Apple Market.

“Under the direction of Red Kettle Drive Chairman Jerry Hayes, approximately 1,000 volunteer hours were performed,” the advisory council reported.

Veteran organizations, civic groups and church groups all got involved.

A friendly competition between Rogers County Sheriff’s Office and Claremore Fire Department and Claremore Police Department ended with a trophy in the hands of RCSO for most-money raised in a single day.

“The money that is donated in Rogers County, with the exception of support and accounting costs, stays locally,” Hayes said. “A great deal of this money is disbursed by the C.A.R.D office to aid our neighbors in need, as a hand-up, not a hand-out.”

Hayes said few know the full scope of work covered by Salvation Army programs.

“We have the Food 4 Kids program in which food items are sent home every weekend during the school year to feed kid s that would otherwise go hungry. Currently 415 children in Rogers County are recipients of this program,” they report. “Salvation Army provides hotel, food and gasoline for emergency cases. We provide a summer camp to underprivileged kids at no cost to them. At this camp, kids are taught life skills—and have a lot of fun.”

The organization’s Performing Arts Camp is “an intensive five week class to teach music and voice lessons.”

Hayes, and the rest of the Salvation Army volunteers and council said, “Thank you to our merchants, volunteers and generous citizens who made this our best year on record.”

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