Thursday, Dec. 23rd, was the last day for Salvation Army Bell Ringers to be stationed outside the entrance as the Brady Walmart rang their bells and collected donations.
The goal local Salvation Army volunteers set for this year was $20,000, and, late Thursday, they were getting very close to meeting that goal.
The Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing campaign began the week before Thanksgiving. All the money collected is retained in McCulloch County to provide help and assistance to local people who need help.
Over the past year alone, the Brady Salvation Army was involved in providing emergency shelter, warming centers, and blankets during the bitter cold-snap last winter. The Salvation Army works closely with the McCulloch Resource Center in helping meet urgent care needs, mobile disaster resources, and the annual Angel Tree collection of Christmas presents.
Appearing on KNEL’s Morning Program Thursday, Ruede Rule, Gateway Church pastor and a Salvation Army volunteer, recounted Salvation Army activities over the past year and noted that donations at Walmart are made by people from across the area and that its a special experience for the Bell Ringers.
The Salvation Army phone number for people needing assistance is 597-1455.
(Brady Mayor Tony Groves and Regina Moss were frequent and dedicated Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army Kettle campaign in 2021.)