Change makes a difference in lives of needy

MARYSVILLE – Change can make a change in a needy person’s life.

That was the message Lt. Michael Galindo of the Salvation Army shared Friday at the kickoff to the annual Red Kettle Drive.

Galindo said most people wouldn’t think of giving dimes or pennies when asked to donate to a nonprofit agency. But even change, as in coins, can make a difference in this fundraising effort. He said coins make up about 10 percent of what was given in the Marysville area last year. That equals about $10,000. His goal is for the drive to bring in $10,000 this year, too.

“The money stays here in Marysville to help people in need,” he said, adding it goes for food, along with rental and utility assistance. Of coins, he said, “It adds up. Anyone can give a few cents.” At the kickoff at Fred Meyer, the Salvation Army band played Christmas music to get folks into the giving spirit. On cornet was Lt. Col. Harold Brodin and Ken Lyons, while Sarah Mikesell played trombone and Maj. Barry Dooley the euphonium. Ringing the bells for the first hour were Mayor Jon Nehring, Fire Chief Martin McFalls and City Councilman Stephen Muller. “I love it,” Muller said of the fun he has as a bell ringer. “I’ve seen the impact it makes.”

Galindo said they can always use more volunteer bell ringers. If interested, call him at 360-926-2228.

The fund-raiser will continue through Dec. 23 at local Walmarts, Safeways, Albertsons, Haggen Foods, JC Penney and Fred Meyer.

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