MENDOTA - With the tireless volunteer work of several Mendota organizations including Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, Police Department, and the Mendota Area Ministerial Association, a total of $3,167.46 was raised during this year’s Salvation Army kettle drive. Rev. Susan Presley of Mendota First Presbyterian Church said the total was up slightly from last year.
Bell ringers were stationed at several Mendota locations including Sullivan’s, Beck’s, Cindy’s and Shell. Presley said she likes taking part in the Salvation Army kettle drive, which has been held in Mendota for many years, because most of the money stays local. “Nearly all of this money stays in Mendota helping us help our neighbors in emergency situations,” she explained. “It’s a blessing to once again help our community and know that God’s peace and love will be shared through these donations.”
Presley expressed her appreciation to all the organizations that volunteered and to everyone who donated when they saw a red bucket and a bell ringer. She also noted the lead role the Mendota Police Department takes in managing the money to help people who are in desperate situations. “When people come to us asking for help, all of the local churches refer them to the police department,” she said. “They’re very compassionate and we’re lucky in Mendota to have such a good relationship with the police department - that’s not true everywhere.”