Police, firefighters ring for the less fortunate

HOUSTON – The Salvation Kettle campaign relies on volunteers to ring the bells for donations during the holiday season and got a boost this year from two local entities.

Chickasaw County fire services and law enforcement challenged each other to see who could raise the most money to help the less fortunate during Christmas and throughout the year through the Kettle campaign with bragging rights to include dealing out a pie-in-the-face to a member of the losing team.

They almost didn’t have a winner at all.

Combined, the two teams raised over $4,000 and were separated in their collections by only $10.60. The fire service raised $2,010.59 while law enforcement raised $1,999.99. Andy Harmon represented the law enforcement team and took his pie like a trouper, but things quickly got out of hand. EMA Director Linda Griffin, Salvation Army Director Trisha Finn and fire service representative Kay Davis also found themselves covered in whipped cream, but it was all for a good cause.

“I was shocked that much money was taken in for the few hours we rang,” Griffin said.

CSO Deputy Jimmy Rappe of Okolona was a first-time ringer this year, but it probably won’t be his last. He said he volunteered for the community service angle, but soon was caught up in the fun.

“At first it was just to help,” Rappe said. “But then I really enjoyed talking to all the people out there.”

The goal for this year’s campaign is $15,000 and Finn said they were a few thousand dollars short of reaching it starting the week, but she is confident it can be achieved.

“We’ve got a whole week left,” Finn smiled.

The kettles will be out at Grocer’s Pride Supermarket and Walmart through Christmas Eve. Any individuals, church or civic groups or school clubs who are interested in taking a two-hour shift can contact Finn at 456-0070.

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