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Salvation Army units able to fund much to aid needy

January 02, 1999|By BRUCE HAMILTON

Bell-ringers with buckets brought in thousands of dollars for Salvation Army chapters in the area this holiday season.

The Hagerstown chapter raised more than $57,000, according to commanding officer Maj. Robert Henderson. That's 5 percent more than the group's $54,000 goal and about $7,000 more than last year.

"We're really happy," Henderson said. "We're thankful to the Lord, our donors, the stores, churches, clubs, businesses and individuals for helping us ring that bell."

He's also grateful for the good weather. A snowstorm or a lot of rain can slow down donations and "people don't give double when they start coming (back) out."

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Additional locations gave the Hagerstown chapter a boost. Volunteers rang bells in 11 different places - two more than last year, including Prime Outlets and an extra spot in the Valley Mall. The new mall manager also let ringers stand inside the mall, which wasn't allowed previously, Henderson said.

The money helps needy people through programs like shelter housing, food pantries and soup kitchens.

Henderson said he was worried people wouldn't donate a lot this year.

"I sometimes wonder, 'what if they stop giving?'" he said. "But they put their trust in us to be good stewards of their money, and we try to be."

The Chambersburg, Pa. chapter's "kettle quota" was $94,791.50, office manager Pat Hughes said. "We were just short of our $100,000 goal," she said.

"But we are grateful for the people in the community." The Chambersburg chapter also added one location for a total of 15. It raised about $7,500 more than last year.

The Frederick chapter raised $64,289.88, according to office manager Betsy Baker.

Maj. David Johnston said 11 locations in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia netted $50,919, barely topping the $50,000 goal.

"We made it," Johnston said.

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