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The Sound of Bells Will Soon Fill St. Louis

November 4, 1999
By: Kristin Marinec
State Capital Bureau

You will soon hear hundreds of jingle bells in the St. Louis area--and no, it's not just your imagination. Kristin Marinec has more from Jefferson City.

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The Salvation Army Bellringers Program kicks off next Friday for the holiday season.

Those who participate in the program ring bells in front of area stores hoping to get donations from shoppers.

A spokesman for the St. Louis Salvation Army says they use as many volunteers as they can, then offer the remaining jobs to the unemployed. Matt Gerke says the donations fund area programs that help the needy.

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Contents: St. Louis Salvation Army spokesman Matt Gerke says without the donations, the programs would not be able to help the community like they do.

Gerke says last year the bellringers raised about 700,000 dollars. From the state capitol, I'm Kristin Marinec.


Shopping will not be the same after next Friday--and you may be left with bells ringing in your ears. Kristin Marinec reports from Jefferson City.

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The Salvation Army Bellringers Program will begin soon, scattering Missouri stores with volunteers ringing bells for the holiday season.

The bellringers are collecting donations for area charities from each and every shopper who walks by.

Salvation Army spokesman Matt Gerke says the donations are very appreciated.

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Contents: Salvation Army spokesman Matt Gerke says the programs could not continue without the donations and he encourages the public to give money.

Gerke says the program has been a success since its beginning in 1947. Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Kristin Marinec.