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Ringing in donations

December 24, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

The red kettle is familiar, but what many people might not know is that sometimes The Salvation Army's annual kettle drive also is a benefit to the bell ringers.

The Washington County Salvation Army had about 200 people, mostly volunteers, ringing for donations this holiday season, said Salvation Army Major Robert Lyle.

Volunteers can't cover all the hours, so several bell ringers are hired.

The seasonal job allows Debbie Reeder, who is on disability, to earn money so she can buy Christmas gifts for her daughter and granddaughter.

Reeder, 50, of Hagerstown, works about five hours a day each weekday in front of the post office in downtown Hagerstown.

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Reeder said she likes helping children.

The money raised will help pay for toys for almost 1,900 children and food for 812 low-income Washington County families, Lyle said.

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