Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bringing in the Sheaves Harvest Festival Auction Nov. 23 Will Help the Salvation Army Help the Needy

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bringing in the Sheaves Harvest Festival Auction Nov. 23 Will Help the Salvation Army Help the Needy

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Salvation Army fund-raising activities are as visible as turkey and toys this time of year.

Proceeds from auctions, the bell ringers' kettles, Tree of Lights campaign and other events provide happier holidays for the elderly and sick, the unemployed, and families who are temporarily down and out.

One of the first Salvation Army fund-raising activities will be a Harvest Festival Auction from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Salvation Army at 24 Faye Avenue in St. Charles. Admission to the event will be free. Area businesses are expected to donate a variety of items, from dog-grooming certificates to football tickets. The auction raised $800 last year, said Lt. Celinda Bachara, commanding officer at Faye Avenue. Most of the proceeds go toward community work with a nominal amount going to train Salvation Army officers. "St. Charles merchants are traditionally generous, and being as we doubled the list of prospective contributors this year, we hope to increase our proceeds substantially," Bachara said. Bell ringers will stand with their kettles and bells in front of post offices, stores and on street corners throughout St. Charles County next Thursday through Dec. 24. Bachara expressed amazement that there was a dire shortage of volunteer bell ringers last year. She said that even those who were paid didn't finish the season. "I have no idea why," she said. "And it wasn't just (in) St. Charles. All of the officers I talked to had the same experience." This year Bachara sent out requests for volunteers to churches and civic organizations in the hope that the situation will not be repeated. "We may end up advertising for the bell ringers," she said. The Salvation Army at 1 Booth Drive, O'Fallon, serves the area west of Highway 79 in St. Charles County. The O'Fallon Salvation Army will have a kick-off lunch for the annual St. Charles County Tree of Lights Campaign from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Stegton Regency Banquet Center in St. Charles. Tickets are $25. Allen Barklage of Channel 5 will act as honorary master of ceremonies, and a Salvation Army brass band will perform. …

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