Shoppers drop nearly $20K in Salvation Army red buckets

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

McCOOK, Neb. — Shoppers came through in a big way for this year’s Salvation Army bell ringing campaign, dropping nearly $20,000 in the red buckets to support the organization’s charitable work.

Sponsored locally by the Red Willow County Ministerial Association, $19,545.38 was collected over the 17 days of the drive, according to Traci Taylor, who is in her 10th year of coordinating the effort.

That works out to $1,149.73 per day, or about 15% more than was collected in total last year, $16,729.22.

The McCook High School FBLA won the school challenge by contributing the most time ringing, and was treated with a pizza party.

Besides numerous churches, other groups taking part included MNB, Walmart associates, Sinners Sanctified motorcycle club and the McCook Dance Club.

Drawing prizes of $250 and $100 to Willow Creek Meats were provided by an anonymous donor, and Jolting’ Jo’s provided a $50 gift card as well.

Morgan Timer of Sinners Sanctified motorcycle club won the $250 prize, Tonda Simmonds of the Farm Credit Association won the $100 prize, and Lanae Fritch of St. Pat’s CYO.

The total included money donated at counter buckets at N-Stant Convenience, High Times Liquor, Jolting’ Jo’s, New Life Christian Book Store, the Spirit Shop, Farrell’s Drug and Meade Lumber.

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