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Ottumwa bell ringers raise $32k

Ottumwa's Salvation Army bell ringers collected almost $32,000 in donations this year. (Photo: SBG)

Ottumwa's Salvation Army bell ringers collected almost $32,000 in donations this year.

That tops the organization's $30,000 goal.

Service Extension Director Bethany Woodard told KTVO proceeds go a long way to support programs and services.

Last year, the salvation army celebrated a similar total. Woodard said $20,000 of the $32,000 raised last year was spent on financial assistance alone.

She said this year's total just came in Tuesday.

"I’m very excited and thankful that the Ottumwa community came out,” Woodard said. “We were a little slow getting started with our volunteers, but toward the end of the season, we had several (volunteers)."

Woodard said their organization will continue to build its volunteer base.

The plan for next year is to add Hobby Lobby to the list of red kettle sites.

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