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Kettle drive benefits Helping Hands

This Christmas Season, shoppers at Super One Foods and Walmart in Polson and Harvest Foods in Ronan will see volunteers from the Polson Ministerial Association and various community organizations, ringing the bell for the annual Salvation Army kettle drive. 

Over the past several years, the Salvation Army has partnered with the Helping Hands Fund, a project of the Polson Ministerial Association, by providing vouchers for those who have emergency needs. The Helping Hands Fund serves individuals with: food, lodging, rent, utilities, propane/fuel oil, bus tickets, gas, personal care items and meals. The vouchers, available through the Helping Hands Fund, are a direct result of donations raised by the kettle campaign. The Polson Police, which issue vouchers when Helping Hands Fund is not open, and Safe Harbor, which provides lodging, also benefit. 

In the past, bell ringers were paid, but the individuals ringing the bells Nov. 23 though Dec. 24, are volunteering their time. Ninety percent of all funds raised during the Christmas kettle drive stay in Lake County.

Last year a “traveling” trophy was awarded to Journey Be Church for raising the most money. Churches and organizations will be vying again this year for the honor.  

So, when you see and hear a bell ringer, please put whatever you can afford into the kettle to help raise the additional funds necessary to sustain our help to the needy throughout the coming year. 

If you wish to volunteer for this year’s kettle drive, please call (406) 883-5908 or (406) 883-0475.

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