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Waterloo Salvation Army at 69 percent of its kettle goal with ten days left

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Randy Sweaney is a dedicated bell ringer for the Waterloo Salvation Army.

"13 years," he said.

Every Monday through Saturday, you'll find Randy at Crossroads Hy-Vee ringing a bell. His shifts are typically five hours, but he also doesn't hesitate to pull a double if the extra help is needed.

He does it all because he knows the money is going back to help many people in his local community.

"There are a lot of programs out there and we need all the help we can get," said Randy Sweaney.

Sweaney said he's kept ringing for 13 years because the people are generous. So far, the Waterloo Salvation Army has raised more than $492,400. That's about 69 percent of its $709,000 goal.

The kettle campaign accounts for nearly half of Salvation Army's operating budget for the year. The money goes to a variety of programs including meals and beds.

Randy Sweaney hopes people continue to drop money in these red kettles until December 24th. About 50 bell ringers are at 25 sites around Waterloo.

While the kettles won't be out after December 24th, donations via mail will be accepted through the beginning of next year.

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