The Duncan Banner

December 30, 2012

Duncan bell ringers raise $21,000

Megan Bristow
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The generosity of the Duncan community enabled the Salvation Army bell ringers to achieve and exceed their goal of $20,000 dollars.

Since before Thanksgiving, dedicated volunteers have been posted outside of area shops ringing a bell to invite people to give. The volunteers could be seen daily at both entrances of Wal-Mart and the Homeland Stores and on the weekends at Walgreens.

Commanding Officer of the Stephens and Comanche counties Salvation Army Earnest Hull said that a few of the area Chisholm Corners also had buckets on their countertops that gave the community an extra opportunity to give.

Hull said the goal this year was to exceed last year’s received total of $19,000. The bell ringers collected not only the desired $20,000 but exceeded it by collecting $21,000.

The funds collected will go to provide utility assistance to needy families in the area.

“We will also be looking at building a thrift store in the community within the next year,” Hull said. “That will give us greater ability to help the community.”

Hull said the organization is pleased that they will be able to continue helping the community.

“Anytime we meet or beat our goal, we are happy,” he said. “We will be able to do exactly what we wanted to do in the community.”