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The ringing of the bells

Local students, residents collect funds for Salvation Army, less-fortunate families

Kinney Drugs store supervisor Jen Winn, right, displays the 2011 Red Kettle Award the store earned from the Salvation Army. With Winn are Kaitlyn Gerber, left, and Brody Kellish who both served as Cazenovia High School student coordinators for the event.

Kinney Drugs store supervisor Jen Winn, right, displays the 2011 Red Kettle Award the store earned from the Salvation Army. With Winn are Kaitlyn Gerber, left, and Brody Kellish who both served as Cazenovia High School student coordinators for the event. Eric Johnson

— CazCares operates a year-round emergency food pantry and community closet used by more than 200 families. Funds from the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign also are used to pay for a portion of the CazCares holiday food baskets and a program that supplies additional food to needy families in the summer in lieu of school lunches.

“The only way this bell-ringing effort can succeed the way it does is by teamwork and enthusiasm throughout the community” Kellish said. “Tops Supermarket and Kinney Drugs are both welcoming and cooperative. They have allowed us to use their entryways for many years now. The Salvation Army has recognized their gracious efforts with their Red Kettle Award given to those who display exemplary service to the organization.”

For more information, or to learn about opportunities for the chance to join this annual appeal to aid the neediest within the community, call Kellish at 682-8707, or email skellish@aol.com.

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