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The Salvation Army receives first gold coin of the season

The Salvation Army has received its first gold coin of the season in a Belleville red kettle. A 1-ounce gold coin worth approximately $1,200 was anonymously dropped into a kettle manned by volunteers from the Fairview Heights Rotary Club over the weekend outside of the Dillard’s located at St. Clair Square Mall.

“Gold coins found in Salvation Army Red Kettles have become a much-anticipated holiday tradition,” said Captain Heath Sells, corps officer of the Belleville Salvation Army. According to Captain Sells, the organization has seen a marked increase in the number of families, individuals and seniors requesting emergency help with rent and utilities this year, which is one of the primary uses for Red Kettle donations. The fundraising also goes towards year-round services including food assistance, programs for children, and other programs that offer hope for families in these economically depressed times.

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St. Louis Cardinals to bell ring at The Salvation Army kettle Thursday

Players from The St. Louis Cardinals along with mascot Fredbird and Team Fredbird cheerleaders are scheduled to bell ring at The Salvation Army kettle at the Richmond Heights Schnucks Market at 6600 Clayton Road from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 11. The Tree of Lights campaign, in its 67th year, is a major source of funding for the dozens of programs and services The Salvation Army provides year-round throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.

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