A great Bellringer Story: Faith McDevitt
Faith McDevitt is no ordinary ten-year old; at the top of her Christmas to-do-list was to ensure that others would be taken care of this holiday season and into the New Year. She saved her change for a full year, and had volunteered to be a bell ringer for The Salvation Army of Livingston County. This excited 10 year old was looking forward to donating the funds she collected all year long and encouraging others to do the same. But, j...ust days before her scheduled shift, Faith had to be admitted to Mott's Children's Hospital for an emergency surgical procedure.
The timing was devastating, not only causing her to miss her bell ringing but also many Christmas events including a Christmas craft making night, her last Winterfest, an ugly sweater party and her family cookie-making day, some of the holiday traditions she looked forward to the most.
All though the parties and cookie making days would be missed, there was one holiday plan she just couldn't seem to let go of: Faith insisted that she not cancel her bell ringing shift and convinced her mother, Theresa McDevitt, to call and reschedule. Upon speaking with her mother and knowing that Faith would not be discharged and fully healed in time to safely ring the bells, The Salvation Army decided to take the kettle to her! Thursday, December 11, Envoy Prezza Morrison, Corps Administrator for The Salvation Army of Livingston County, visited Faith and her mom in her hospital room. She presented Faith with the tools of the trade: a bright red bell and a mini red kettle. Faith was ecstatic that she could present The Salvation Army with a jar filled with over $100 to donate to the The Red Kettle Campaign!
With the help of the youth, to date, December 15th, The Salvation Army has raised $205,186 which is 56% of their overall goal of $362,000. Compared to last year at this time, funds raised are down over $50,000. With only 1 week remaining for bell ringing The Salvation Army is asking the community to help reach our goal.
- Individuals can still place their financial donation in one of the kettles, drop them off at the corps community building or place them in the mail
Individuals, families or organizations can virtual bell ring with an Online Red Kettle or donate to the Livingston County online red kettle - www.onlineredkettle.org
Individuals can still bell ring - The week of Christmas many kettle locations are in need of volunteers to help collect funds- register online www.registertoring.com
Home - The Salvation Army You've seen our red kettles out in front of the stores, right? Well, this is your own personal kettle - a way for you to help millions in need by raising donations through email and social networking. onlineredkettle.org
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