The Season of Giving

HOUGHTON — With the Christmas season just over a month away, the Salvation Army is in full swing collecting for the needy. It’s also a time of giving back for many.

It’s the sound associated with the holidays, bells. Friday is the first official day for bell ringers across the U.P. All over the county people have their own reasons for giving time and money. Some collect Christmas wishes others bell ring. Hazel dedicates a full day every year. She gave her reasons for helping out saying, “There are a lot of people in this area that do need the help and that’s why we feel that we’ll do our civic duty in ringing the bell.”

It’s a day of service most people can relate too and they don’t have a problem giving a couple of dollars.

Anna Taylor took a moment to give a couple of dollars saying, “Most of their donations go to people who need it not to their overhead.”

You’ll find the red kettles at Pats in Calumet and also at Pat’s in Hancock up on the hill. At Wal-Mart the angel trees are already up so you can make a pledge to make a child’s Christmas a little brighter. They’ve also set up collection boxes for gifts.

In Calumet over at New Beginnings Angel Mission they help our every year. Last year they met the wishes of some 264 children.