PulseLine, November 29, 2012

This is a reply to Gail LaGasse of the Salvation Army in reference to the red kettle campaign. While I have nothing but good to say about the organization, I would like to know, from her, why they can’t tell those who come and take to give two hours of their time ringing bells. This only makes sense. It would give them a purpose in life and it would make them feel less like freeloaders.  Gail LaGasse, Director of the Salvation Army’s Westfield Service Center responds: I feel I do need to respond to the comments made regarding the Salvation Army bell ringers here in Westfield. First let me say that many of our  ringers were, or are receiving services from the Salvation Army. Due to their privacy rights the general public will never know specifically who they are. I must add, that many clients give hundreds of hours volunteering at the Service Center all year. Please remember, unlike other communities, all our bell ringers are volunteers. We are very proud of all the friendly and familiar faces at the kettles, clients or not. This enthusiasm has become a wonderful tradition during the Christmas season.

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