The Pulaski County Salvation Army Unit exceeded its goal by more than $17,000 this year, a record breaking year that has the organization pleased and praising the county it serves, as well as thanking this year’s Honorary Bell Ringing Chair Mike Freeman.

About Pulaski County Salvation Army

The organization provides funding for a number of charitable programs including a grant to Genesis House and benevolence program administered by Vicki Hurlbutt at Good Samaritan Resource Center, providing food baskets for families in need during the holidays, and helping out during disasters, fires, and other circumstances that can devastate families.

 

$97,196.17 was raised this year

The Pulaski County Salvation Army Unit exceeded its goal by more than $17,000 this year, a record breaking year that has the organization pleased and praising the county it serves, as well as thanking this year’s Honorary Bell Ringing Chair Mike Freeman. According to the minutes from their most recent meeting, “Mike played a lot of roles this year and he was one of the guys out there raising funds and collecting checks.

 

How Did they do that?

Lots and lots of bell ringing! According to their official minutes, around 500 hours of bell ringing happened in just the Walmart and Price Cutter locations alone.

 

By the numbers:

Information provided by the Pulaksi County Salvation Army Service Unit

1,000 people rang the bell in Pulaski County this season.

$40,000 Total was raised in bell ringing.

$7,800 of that was raised in Crocker, Dixon, and Richland, which is up 35% from last year.

$30,000 of that total was raised at Walmart and Price Cutter.

1st place for total bell ringing hours for an organization went to the Waynesville High School National Honor Society. Approximately 93 students rang over 60 hours.

20 Hours were spent ringing the bell by the Dixon Jr. Honor Society.

49 Hours ringing the bell were put in by the first place individual bell ringer, Frank Beza.

22 Hours ringing the bell were put in by the second place individual bell ringer, Dwight Nutting.

20 Hours ringing the bell were put in by the third place individual bell ringer, Ralph Meyer.

$3,756 total was raised in the small kettles.

$575 of that was raised in Richland.

$219 of that was raised in Crocker.

$162 of that was raised in Dixon.

$650 of that was raised at Sunshine Cafe in St. Robert, where there is a kettle present all year long.

500 gifts were given to the area Nursing Centers, Group Homes, & Senior Centers.