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Salvation Army volunteers can be seen around the Christmas season standing and ringing bells outside of businesses to inspire passers-by to place monetary donations inside red kettles.

Christmas Eve rang in the end of this year's red kettle bell ringing fundraiser. Salvation Army service center manager Stephanie McCullars could not be more thrilled with the community's involvement. 

“We had more ringers than last year,” McCullars said. “Nearly 100 people volunteered as individuals and groups.”

The Rotary Club, Russell Medical, River Bank and Trust, Valley Bank, the mayor's office along with the police, fire and sheriff’s offices all volunteered. 

Bell ringers were stationed at Walmart and Winn-Dixie in Alexander City; and at Renfroe’s in Dadeville. 

While McCullars could not give exact numbers, she says thousands of dollars were raised to fund the Salvation Army in Tallapoosa County.

“This is our big fundraiser for the year,” McCullars said. “Those funds help with our food pantry. It helps with our disaster services – like after a house fire or storm. We also have programs to help with utility payments.”

McCullars wanted to give special thanks to Sue Mason and the Ukuleladies for ringing in Dadeville. 

Jake Arthur is the Chief Videographer for Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc. He can be reached by email at

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