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Newtown Unit Of The Salvation Army
In Need Of Bell Ringers
The Newtown Unit of the Salvation Army is in need of bell ringers for the annual fund drive that provides emergency assistance to Newtown residents who have fallen on hard times. The program is administered through the Newtown Social Services director and has been in place for many years.
Stop & Shop, Walgreens, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Yankee Wine & Liquor have given their permission to set up stations for the traditional kettles that have become a national institution for the Christmas holiday season.
Stations will be open from 4 to 8 pm on Fridays, December 7 and 14, and from 9 am until 4 pm on Saturdays, December 8 and 15. Ringers are scheduled on an hourly basis.
To schedule a time to ring for on December 7â€“8 call Marie or Dick Sturdevant at 203-740-2733. For December 14â€“15 call Steve Bennett at 203-470-4975 or e-mail NewtownRingers@yahoo.com.
Donors can feel good about what ever they drop into the red Salvation Army buckets; 90 percent of the funds raised benefit Newtown residents.
The number of Newtown residents in need of assistance this year has increased significantly in the past few years. The Newtown Salvation Army also sponsors the food bank that operates out of the office of Newtown Social Services, in the lower level of Town Hall South at 3 Main Street.
Donations of food and personal care items are received there year round, Monday through Friday. The generosity of all those able to assist is greatly appreciated.