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Mayors compete for the Salvation Army

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by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO & CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) A red kettle face-off. The Mayor of Waterloo vs. the Mayor of Cedar Falls. Each ringing a bell for two hours. Who can raise the most money for the Salvation Army?

Mayor Buck Clark was based at the Wal-Mart in Waterloo.

He's good friends with Mayor Crews, but he wants to win.

"We want to beat John Crews. We're Waterloo, and we want to beat Cedar Falls, but the main thing is we raise money for the Salvation Army," said Mayor Clark.

Mayor Jon Crews greeted shoppers at the Wal-Mart in Cedar Falls.

"Whoever wins, the Salvation Army wins, but it's a fun, friendly competition," said Mayor Crews.

This is the first year for the "friendly" competition. But Crews said he wants the bragging rights, too.

He said many people stopped out specifically because of the mayors.

At the end of two hours, Mayor Crews in Cedar Falls raised $1,216.10.

Mayor Clark in Waterloo raised $3,355.41.

But the real winner is the Salvation Army, getting more than $4,571.51 in just two hours.

"Whenever you see these kettles throughout the rest of the year, please put money in," said Crews.

The mayors hope their red kettle face reinforces the true spirit of the holidays, that it's better to give than to receive.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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