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Bell ringers still needed for Red Kettle

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 December 2016 at 9:14 pm

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Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Jean and Jim Peglow were out ringing the bell for the Red Kettle drive this evening at the Tops in Albion. The Peglows are members of the West Barre United Methodist Church, which volunteered to be at the Red Kettle today and also on Saturday.

The Red Kettle drive raises about $20,000 each year for Community Action of Orleans & Genesee. The agency uses the funds to help low-income residents with emergency lodging, food, clothing, some medical expenses and to avoid having their water shut off. Each person is capped at $150 through the emergency fund, said Annette Finch, director of Community Services for Community Action.

Bell ringers are needed in Albion at Tops, Pawlak’s Save-A-Lot and Wal-Mart; in Medina at Tops; in Holley at JP’s and in the Public Square by Sam’s Diner and the Eastern Orleans Community Center; and in Lyndonville at the E-Z Shop gas station.

Community Action also has countertop kettles at other spots in Orleans County. All of the funds from the Red Kettle drive are used to help people in Orleans County. For more information about volunteering, contact Finch at (585) 589-5605.

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Melinda Bailey also volunteered as a bell ringer on Monday at Tops. She and several other residents at Heritage Estates took turns at the Red Kettle.

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