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Salvation Army kicks off 'Christmas in July'

Karen Green kicks off the St. Croix County branch of the Salvation Army's "Christmas in July" Red Kettle Campaign at Family Fresh Market in New Richmond. Green, a member of the New Richmond VFW Ladies' Auxilary, rang the bell from 9-11 a.m.

The St. Croix County branch of the Salvation Army kicked off its "Christmas in July" campaign Friday, June 28. The campaign will last through the month of July.

According to Duana Bremer, director of the Salvation Army of St. Croix County, the money is needed to allow the Salvation Army to continue its programs locally.

Programs include providing gas vouchers to help people afford gas to get to work and other important appointments, rent and utilities assistance, Grace Place Homeless Shelter in Somerset and other programs.

Bremer said funds are so low this year, the St. Croix County Salvation Army has no plans at this point to hold a Shop with a Cop event. Through the event, held in previous years, low-income children are able to get school clothes. The children are aided in selecting their school-wear by local law enforcement officers.

Bremer said the St. Croix County Salvation Army has also had to stop giving out gas vouchers in order to continue to provide rent and utilities assistance.

Throughout July, Bell-ringers will be at various locations in St. Croix County, including Family Fresh Market and Super America in New Richmond, EconoFoods and Holiday Stationstore in Somerset, and County Market, Family Fresh Market and Walgreens in Hudson.

For more information, call 715-247-2944.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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