Columbia Falls takes back bell-ringing title

December 15, 2018

After all the donations were counted, Columbia Falls emerged as the winner of Thursday’s Salvation Army red-kettle community challenge.

The City Ring Day award will move back to Columbia Falls, which won the competition in 2016 but was outdone by Evergreen in 2017. Columbia Falls volunteers brought in about 7,369.69.

Maj. Bill and Joy Lum, Salvation ArmyCorps officers, extended their gratitude and thanks to everyone in the valley for their ongoing support for those in need.

Bell ringing competition results:

• City of Columbia Falls, Smith’s - 2,523.03

• Bigfork Chamber of Commerce, Bigfork Harvest Foods North - 402.36

• Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, Lakeside Tamarack Brewing Co. - $388.85

The Salvation Army shares hope by providing new toys and clothing for the children, and food for Christmas dinner. The communities’ generosity also provides for local services, including in 2018: 24,000 meals; 7,330 clothing and household items; 2,000 shower services, 87 youth camp scholarships, 1,025 Christmas toys in 2017; and 192 new backpacks with school supplies.

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