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Joan Kopperud, Published December 01 2010

Salvation Army ready to help

How ironic to read the front-page article of the Metro/State section (Nov. 29) about Brenden Woodard, the 19-year-old who is the seventh generation in his family to proudly ring the Salvation Army bell at Christmas, only to turn the page and read the letter to the editor from Richard Kodadek, who calls the red-kettle bell- ringers “beggars.”

I applaud Woodard for his pride in the Salvation Army tradition and his passion for service. Don’t be discouraged by unkind remarks. Unlike Kodadek, many of us go out of our way to contribute to each and every red kettle we pass during the holiday season because we know the arms of the Salvation Army will reach out to those in need throughout the upcoming year.

Fortunately, most residents of Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding communities generously support the important work of the Salvation Army, evidenced by record generosity even in difficult times. Thank you, Hornbacher’s, and to the other stores that make it convenient for us to donate to the Salvation Army because you allow the bell- ringers to solicit donations during the holiday season in your stores.

I hope Kodadek doesn’t ever need the services of the Salvation Army after a fire, flood, tornado, or some other unforeseen disaster such as the recent Galleria fire in south Fargo, but if he does, I know the Salvation Army will be there to assist him, no questions asked.