Salvation Army Bell Ringing Drive Rings in Over $25,000

Thursday 1.31.2013 @ 4:54pm | ImagesAZ | Community


The Anthem Salvation Army 2012 bell ringing campaign raised nearly $25,000 over the holiday season, and will help hundreds of neighbors in need this year. In addition, over 310 toys, 60 coats, 6 bicycles and numerous hats and gloves were collected during December’s the Fill the Truck toy drive, coordinated through Anthem Giving Circle, at the Anthem Wal-Mart.


The money raised will be used to assist local families in a crisis situation with their utilities, shelter and food. The Salvation Army Anthem Service Extension Unit services those in Anthem and New River, as well as some areas just south of Anthem. The items collected from the toy drive were distributed to needy families in the same areas.


Tom Leyda and Tim Maki, volunteer co-chairs for the Anthem Salvation Army, and Del Mau, volunteer daily operations coordinator, thank all those who donated at one of the three red kettle locations at the Anthem Safeway, Fry’s and Wal-Mart.


“We know these are difficult times for many families in the area,” notes Leyda. “The overwhelming generosity extended by so many proves this Christmas truly was a season of giving.”


Approximately 250 individuals, businesses and organizations pitched in to help. “We are grateful to our many volunteers, some who rang three and four times this season,” said Larry Evans, the campaign coordinator for Wal-Mart volunteers. “We could not serve so many families without the volunteers who ring the bell for us each year.”