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From: Dormilee Crouch

Columbus

Received: Oct. 5

You all know who you were who gave donations to the Salvation Army Christmas Kettles last year. There was this one “little old lady” who reminded the little ones of “Mrs. Santa Claus.” She played Christmas carols on her tape recorder and greeted everyone cheerfully. Perhaps some of you remember that funny lady? Well, that was me. It was a joy and privilege to me to have a little part in making Christmas a joy for the underprivileged. I made the list of most collections thanks to all of you wonderful, kind, giving people. You will never know the joy you gave to some child or parent that Christmas!

Thanks to those of you who brought me coffee and hot chocolate to help warm me up while sitting in that cold, wet winter weather. I really appreciate your troubles and time to treat me. God bless you all!

Sadly, this year, I will not get to enjoy the thrill of collecting funds for the needy children and adults during Christmas.

The reason is I have no transportation to get to and from the Salvation Army building. I totaled my old car and have no funds to get another one.

I will miss all of you and your smiling faces and all the beautiful, sweet children who stopped to give or say hello and let the children ring my bell. Such a joy it brought to my heart. I will miss you all!

Please continue to fill those kettles. There are more in need this year than ever, many through no fault of their own.

It is hard to ask for help for some. Jobs are lost due to no fault of their own. Parents have to face seeing their children do without necessary things, let alone a little surprise to bring joy to their eyes at Christmas.

Short on food, sometimes even not much heat to warm their homes, let alone anything else. Even when some parents work minimum-wage jobs, it is not enough to pay the rent and utility bills and buy food and many other needs, like medical bills.

Those Salvation Army Kettles are a lifesaver for so many families! But they can only go so far trying to meet the needs. We depend on you, our precious public!

A lot of new people in Columbus did not know what those red kettles were for. I hope I have enlightened these new neighbors some about why they are out there now.

May God bless all of the volunteers who work the kettles this year and may you have great success filling those kettles up!

Wish I was one of you again!

Again, thanks to all of you precious people who were so caring and giving last year who helped me turn in all those kettles! God bless everyone and a very merry Christmas to all this year!

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