Salvation Army Demonstrates Rule That Charity Starts At Home

Volunteers and bellringers raised $20,000 last year to help the needy throughout Rim Country

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A lot of public service organizations volunteer time and work to improve their community in various ways.

The Payson branch of the Salvation Army probably won't be seen building town homes or cleaning streets in Rim Country, but they do bring in money that stays right here in the community.

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Jenny Wegner shows off some of the items that were given to needy children in the Rim Country during the Salvation Army's Christmas Angel tree program.

Ray Kinsman, 81, said that the major contribution of the Salvation Army in Payson is to bring in money to help the needy.

During the course of the year they collect donations sent to their office and at holiday time, they man the familiar kettles seen at various place like Wal-mart, Safeway and Bashas' grocery stores.

All of the money they collect stays here to contribute to in-need community members

Kinsman said that during the last holiday season he was shorthanded, so volunteers doubled and tripled their time ringing the bells and some even volunteered as many as eight times.

It's that kind of community spirit that Payson and Rim Country has a reputation for, friendly people who are willing to go out of their way to help others, Kinsman said.

During the last holiday bell campaign, the organization brought in nearly $20,000 that stayed in the community and is currently being used to help people in need.

Major contributions to the community include helping the people in need and in time of disasters.

They also send 10 kids to Salvation Army Camp in July of every year and host a Salvation Army Christmas Angel tree for the children.

Salvation Army

Founded 1865

Officers: Ray Kinsman, Jenny Wegner, Ira Carpenter

Contact info: Jenny Wegner at National Bank of Arizona at (928) 474-1696

Purpose: To help the people in need with utilities, rent, lodging, auto repairs, prescriptions, bus, gas vouchers, home repairs and food. This could extend depending on the crisis.

To join or donate: Volunteer for the Holiday Bell Ringing program, donations can be accepted at National Bank of Arizona, 804 S. Beeline Highway, or by mail to P.O. Box 1193 Payson, AZ 85547.

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