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SYSK: Lon Kammeyer rings all through the day


Some people might think Lon Kammeyer has quite the resemblance to Santa Claus. A white beard, a smile on his face, a red apron and a supply of treats.

"Sweets for the sweet," said Lon Kammeyer.

While Lon isn't the real Santa Claus, like the man from the North Pole, he does understand the importance of giving this holiday season.

"Every little bit helps," he said.

After getting challenged by his fellow union members, Lon Kammeyer volunteered to ring a bell for the Salvation Army for 10 hours!

"Just try to get them smiling," said Kammeyer.

Each year, local union members volunteer to help out the Salvation Army the first Saturday of December. But this is the first time Lon has agreed to ring all day -- 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"If you've got something, if you've got a job, be thankful and give back," said Lon Kammeyer.

The Red Kettle Campaign accounts for half of the Salvation Army's budget for the entire year. This year's overall goal is $677,000.

Lon's goal for one day was $1000.

"All you have to do is talk nice to people, which shouldn't be a problem," he said.

Lon said it's just one day of ringing for him that can make a big difference for someone else.

In the end, he raised $1050.49.

Besides bell ringing, local union members participate in several other community events, including a MDA bowling fundraiser, a bi-annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for the food bank, and the annual Letter Carrier Food Drive.

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