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The Salvation Army behind on toy donations, volunteers to ring bells

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The Salvation Army behind on toy donations, volunteers to ring bells

The Salvation Army of Hamilton Service Center Coordinator Fidelis Temukum holds a poster telling about how to meet the need for toys in Hamilton. Contact The Salvation Office at 406-210-1453 or email fidelis.temukum@usw.salvationarmy.org.

The Salvation Army of Hamilton wants toy donations to help bring smiles to local children this Christmas and needs volunteers to ring bells for their Kettle program.

The Salvation Army of Hamilton Service Center Coordinator Fidelis Temukum said he is worried. He has even placed fliers on business windows around town expressing the need.

“I hope people will see the signs, buy a toy and drop it off,” Temukum said. “I did get some toys from Salvation Army in Missoula but aside from that we don’t really have toys coming in. Maybe people are waiting to buy.”

He has received some monetary donations, but his hope is for people to donate toys.

Toys for Tots is not doing their normal toy collection this year in the Bitterroot Valley and The Salvation Army has stepped in to do what it can.

As part of their goal to make Christmas merry and bright for the less fortunate, The Salvation Army gives the option of “adopting” a child for the holiday season by buying two specific toys for each child in the family and giving a gift for the family, plus maybe something for the mom and dad. The families will also receive a $30 gift card to a local grocery store.

“We’ve had maybe 20 children adopted already but we’re going to have hundreds of children, we already have 80 registered,” Temukum said. “We need more toys, please help.”

The Salvation Army Hamilton is having a big one-day toy drive on Dec. 9 at Quality Motors-Hamilton in partnership with Mountain Broadcasting Foundation, Quality Motors-Hamilton and Les Schwab-Hamilton. All toys collected will go to The Salvation Army.

Temekum said The Salvation Army Hamilton wants to give 20 food boxes to families in need during this Thanksgiving.

“Any family in need should please call our office to sign up,” he said.

The Salvation Army will be doing its kettle bell-ringing program this year at Super One Foods, Nov. 22 to Dec. 24. Community bell ringers are needed for a day or a few hours per day.

“Super One Foods is a great partner in meeting the needs of people in the community,” Temekum said. “Rich and Berry have both been so helpful in donating and helping us in many other areas. We don’t have a single application for bell ringers. There are businesses who are willing to pay $15 an hour and can’t get anyone to work for them, we can only pay $9.50, so we really need volunteers.”

Temukum has invited Hamilton Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf to be a “celebrity” bell ringer starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 22.

Temukum said monetary donations are always welcome and stay local to help those in need in Ravalli County. Mail checks to The Salvation Army Hamilton Service Center, 217 N. Third St., Ste. B-2, Hamilton, MT 59840. Contact The Salvation Office at 406-210-1453 or email fidelis.temukum@usw.salvationarmy.org. 

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