Salvation Army Bell Ringer Beaten for Wishing a Man 'Merry Christmas'

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"Lt. Steve Pavlakis with the Salvation Army told CBS, "[The] store says they love him and he's been the best bell ringer they've ever had, so an attack that's unprovoked is very surprising and very unfortunate. "The Salvation Army does have opportunities for online donations, but that hasn't kept up with the difference in what we've been down in our kettles".

Welk said past year they raised about $8,000.

"The money is used to help people with utilities, rents, motel bills - anything that is an emergency", Paxton said.

With many helping hands and after days of collecting, sorting, and organizing the Salvation Army carefully made sure gifts were given to the right families and no child was left behind.

Locally, the goals are much the same as McFee's were 127 years ago. "We hope the community will respond and make a donation in one of our many kettles in the community". "The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the Phoenix Convention Center, our corporate partners, generous donors and dedicated volunteers... all without whom this dinner would not be possible".

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Amanda Powers, a new mother to a four month daughter shared how the Salvation Army has helped her and her family during the holiday. Wise says volunteers have filled the remaining kettle shifts.

The Salvation Army of Greenwood - which also serves Abbeville, McCormick, Laurens and Saluda counties - isn't the only corps where donations have dropped.

"I greet everybody, 'Merry Christmas, '" said Rev. Jamie Wolfe, Sr.

"They don't ask for themselves, but to give to others", O'Mara said.

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