Letter: Bellringer recommends the experience to others


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Posted Online: Dec. 07, 2012, 2:11 pm
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Just finished a two-hour volunteer shift for The Salvation Army Red Kettle in front of the HyVee on the Avenue of the Cities.

I've done it several times in the past but had to miss it last year. It didn't take too long today to remember why I volunteer.

The several God Bless yous and watching the young children get excited dropping change into the kettle refreshed my memory.

A lady stopped to put some money in the kettle and shared her story of how the Salvation Army had helped her family for a time and that she never passes a kettle without putting some money in it. Ringing the bell and wishing people Merry Christmas is an experience that I would recommend.

Bill Gabbard,
Silvis

















 




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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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