The Salvation Army of Barre reports no gold coin(s) have appeared in this year’s “Kettle Drive” as of yet, but central Vermonters have been quite generous, and the goal of $64,000 is about half way realized.
Lt. Chris Street of the Barre Salvation Army explains that his office operates 19 kettles from Waterbury to W. Lebanon/Claremont, NH. He believes the warmer weather, since the Nov. 14 start, may be working in their favor.
“It’s definitely nicer for our ‘bell ringers’, who put in an amazing amount of hours for us,” Lt. Street said.
Lt. Street himself puts in a full day of bell ringing and during these warmer days, brings his guitar and sings Christmas carols — much to shoppers’ delight.
This is the first year in Barre for Lt. Street, who along with his wife, Lt. DeAnna Street and young daughter, Rachel, are energetically finding their way around central Vermont.
Although not their first Army assignment, the Barre office operates a number of community projects.
The Streets admit their youthfulness does help with all the work needed to be done for the Army this time of year.
“But when you believe in what you do, it is a lot easier. Merry Christmas!” Lt. Street added. —GH