Salvation Army again in search of bell ringers in Berks and Reading

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Yet, it is hard to keep all the kettles in Berks County staffed throughout the campaign, which ends December 23.People are generous, but they don't give if there is no kettle. "We're seeing an average right now of about 100 people coming to that".

This year's fundraising goal for the kettle campaign will be $140,000.

If we were to have all 22 covered, it would be incredible."Thanks to generous Berks County donors, the Salvation Army surpassed its $120,000 goal past year, said Capt. Ted Tressler of the Reading Corps".

"That's for individuals who are suffering from disasters, such as a fire, or they're coming in looking for clothing, we'll provide them with clothes". Reading Royals mascot Slapshot also got in on the fun. "People are working but they just aren't making enough to pay for the needs for their family". "Through kettles, direct mail, people stopping by, and through the Adopt-a-Family that First National Bank does for us every year". "We believe in sharing", Doria said.

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Proceeds from the Red Kettle Drive help local people in need of emergency assistance. We have stories of people who needed our services and have gone on to turn their lives around, and now give back to us.

Volunteers do not have to stand during the entire two hours. A friendly competition of bell ringing between Mayor Todd Barton and Commissioner John Frey will take place from 7 8 p.m. on November 25 during the Downtown Party Night festivities.

For Berryville Mayor Patricia Dickinson, the sight of a bell ringer makes her think of Christmas and helping her neighbors.