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Eagle County wins Vail Valley bell-ringing challenge

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – The 2009 holiday season’s “Bell Ringing Challenge” encouraged elected officials and government employees to ring bells for 136 hours during the month of December for the Vail Valley Salvation Army.

Employees joined forces from Eagle County and the towns of Avon, Gypsum, Red Cliff and Vail in a friendly competition to volunteer the most hours “bell-ringing” at various grocery stores in the valley. Total hours volunteered were as follows:

• Eagle County: 68 hours

• Vail: 46 hours

• Gypsum: 14 hours

• Avon: 4 hours

• Red Cliff: 4 hours

As winner of the challenge, Eagle County will receive “The Golden Ringer” award – a trophy that to be passed on to next year’s recipient. The effort was organized in response to the rise in demand in services provided by the Salvation Army in 2009.

“The need for our programs is reflected in the economy and growing population of Eagle County,” said Tsu Wolin-Brown, executive director of Vail Valley Salvation Army. “In 2009, we assisted many middle-class people who lost their jobs and helped them to stay in the community to which they have contributed,” she said.

Red kettle donations were collected between Nov. 24 and Dec. 26, 2009. The total amount collected was $44,602.60. All money collected will remain in Eagle County to help local individuals and families.

The Salvation Army helps people meet basic needs, such as housing, paying for utilities, gas and transportation, prescriptions and food, Wolin-Brown said.

Donations are accepted year round. Visit http://www.salvationarmyvail.com or more information.

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