A Christmas miracle appears in kettle

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Twice in three days last week, police said they received reports of a bucket stolen from the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue, just outside a Neiman Marcus store. "It's great that we've got such support from individuals and companies".

In the months leading up to the large-scale Christmas assistance, the Salvation Army helped dozens of people in financial crisis to pay for their rent and mortgage, utilities, medical needs, furniture, clothing and many other necessities, according to the statement.

Dear Editor: When I read recently that the Salvation Army was $39,000 below its kettle collections from previous year, I was perplexed.

Ferreira remains hopeful people will take this message to heart. "So yes we can use more volunteers".

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All of the toys will help the Salvation Army make up "Angel Tree" lists that may not have been completed. The Salvation Army relies on direct contributions and is not funded by the government or the United Way.

She said her husband was pulling change from his pocket for the kettle when her ring went in too.

To join the cause, donate at the kettle or send a check to Salvation Army, P.O. Box 614, Merrill, WI 54452. The App allows donors to select a Christmas kettle in their community by scanning a QR code or by using an interactive map. These online kettles can be created at www.FilltheKettle.com. Their goal for the Christmas season is at 35 percent.

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