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Volunteer Bell Ringers

Bell Ringing
Your holiday shopping trip to most retail stores would not be complete without the familiar “ding, ding, ding” of a Salvation Army volunteer ringing a bell and collecting money in a hanging “Red Kettle”.

According to the Salvation Army, the Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest annual charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States, helps raise money for those who need it most in communities nationwide – providing toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round.

The bell ringing season starts each November and runs throughChristmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season.Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries,or shelter an individual for a night.

Co-chair Dick Maxwell reported that the Omaha Works Volunteers were able to continue ringing bell again this year, but were able to cover only three Saturdays in December at the Sam’s store located on the old front lawn East of 132rd and L Street.

Submitted by Dick Maxwell

Heartland Council LML

The Life Member Luncheon’s are held on Thursday’s three times a year. The Christmas luncheon was attended by 98 retirees and spouces with five grocery carts of food for the Salvation Army. Each luncheon is a combination luncheon and food drive for the Salvation Army. The Omaha Works retirees gather three times a year to enjoy a good meal and share stories and good times from days gone by.

You can click on this link to view some of the retired life members at the luncheon.

Submitted by Gordy Viner

Hug A Bears Visit With The Morning Blend

We have been thankful to Maple Ridge Retirement Center who gave the group a work room in the lower level to make and assemble the bears. If you find a HUG A BEAR in the caring hands of a child and wish to know more about the volunteers, who make these handcrafted ​”Made with Love – Omaha Works Volunteers” Please contact Steve Dawkins. Volunteers are always welcome to help in the creation process.

Submitted by Bob Wolkins

Hug A Bears Looking for Volunteers

The Bear group gathers ​every “Tuesday” morning from 9 a.m. till 1:00 pm at Omaha, NE, Maple Ridge Resort Living Community 168th & Maple Street – lower level. There is always laughter, conversation, and maybe a few homemade munchies on Tuesday mornings. If you would like to help get in touch with Steve Dawkins Hug A Bear committee chairman, cell phone: 402-319-3602 ​for information about the ​Hug A Bears activities!

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Submitted by Steve Dawkins