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PUTNAM STUDENTS RING-A-DING 930 HOURS FOR THE SALVATION ARMY!

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Released 31 January 2013

PUTNAM STUDENTS RING-A-DING 930 HOURS FOR THE SALVATION ARMY!

Putnam Science Academy(Putnam Science Academy became the Ring-a-Ding Challenge Reigning Champs through donating 324 hours of volunteer time through the Putnam Regional Interact Club. This banner will be proudly displayed in their academy.)

PUTNAM – The Putnam Regional Interact Club recently met at St. Mary Church of the Visitation to celebrate a successful Ring-a-Ding Challenge in local support of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. In total, 194 student volunteers contributed 930 hours to raise $18,062.04 to benefit The Salvation Army’s programs and services year-round. In addition to prizes being awarded, students in attendance also heard from Mike Orfitelli, Territorial Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army, regarding how the organization utilizes volunteers in responses, such as to Superstorm Sandy, and how funds raised are used.

Kathi Petersen, a Community Service Representative for the The Salvation Army’s Northeast Connecticut Service Unit, shared how the money to provide assistance that was raised will in part assist families who have suffered loss due to the recent fire in town. Funds will also help support the local food pantry and provide comprehensive emergency assistance to families and individuals who demonstrate verifiable need and have exhausted all other resources.

The Putnam Regional Interact Club is part of an international organization for teens sponsored by local Rotary Clubs. Locally, the group is sponsored by Putnam Rotary Club, with Paul Desautels serving as Rotary Advisor. The Salvation Army is thankful for everyone who participated!


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