ALTON — Whether inspired by “The Wiz” and the “Yellow Brick Road” or the work of the Alton Salvation Army Corps for the last 127 years, for the first time in the Lt. Teri Ellison’s tenure the Alton Corps has received two gold coins.
“The first gold coin appeared in last Friday’s kettle at the Wood River Walmart, and the most recent one was discovered when we did our counting today and came from the Godfrey Schnuck’s,” Ellison said. “It is most unusual for us to get two gold coins during the kettle season, but we are so thankful for this special donor that has been willing to share these most unique gifts with us.”
“We had a $14,000 weekend thanks in large part to the efforts of our group’s 1st MidAmerica Credit Union, the Roxana Police Department, Tabernacle Church, Wood River Kiwanis and especially the Alton/Godfrey Rotary Club that manned three kettle locations for eight hours each,” Kettle Coordinator Greg Gelzinnis said. “The Rotary has been such a strong supporter for this Corps with a history of ringing dating back at least 50 years.”
The momentum is certainly building for the Alton Corps as their kettle campaign total is $64,218, allowing them to light 12 feet of their 20-foot tall Tree of Lights at the Alby Street headquarters. As of Tuesday, $34,782 was still needed for them to reach their $99,000 goal.
“We have 3 1/2 days left in our campaign and with the strong weekend that we had, I am still very confident that we are going to be able to light our star come Thursday at noon as long as everyone does their part, especially if those in our community that have been richly blessed in their lives are willing to make some larger gifts before Thursday,” Gelzinnis said.
Donations also can be made at www.onlineredkettle.org/alton.
For those who may not have financial resources to give, but wish to help there are still about 60 “open kettle” slots that could be filled by going to www.ringbells.org.
“If everyone will just do their part — large donor, small donor, bell ringer — we will reach our goal,” Gelzinnis said.