The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 24, 2013

Readers' Forum 12-24 | Donations in red kettles much appreciated

JOHNSTOWN — In response to the article “Ringing could return to mall” on Dec. 13, I want to confirm, on behalf of the Salvation Army advisory board, The Galleria’s response: “Never did we request the bells be silenced.”

We have, for 20 years, enjoyed a wonderful relationship with The Galleria. The board appreciates the courtesies extended to us at The Galleria and look forward to continuing this relationship for years to come.

I would also like to remind everyone the importance of their donations. The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign should be a reminder that, during this festive season, a brighter holiday can be provided for a less-fortunate family. For some, the red kettle campaign is a sign telling the least, last, lost and loneliest of our society that there is someone standing in the gap so they will have their needs met.

There is only one day remaining for this campaign, and we ask that you consider the Salvation Army when you pass by one of the red kettles.

I thank the management and staff of The Galleria for their efforts in trying to increase collections this year at The Galleria.

I also thank all of our many locations throughout the area that have been so generous in donating space in their businesses in order to help the less fortunate. Without them, our employees and the volunteers who give of their time, we would not be able to serve so many families.

Kathy Holtzman

Salvation Army advisory board member


Honest shopper returned purse

This letter is to thank the honest person who turned in my blue denim purse to the courtesy desk at the Walmart in Johnstown on Wednesday afternoon. I was in the women’s department looking at the clothes and left my purse hanging on a rack.

Thank you so very much. I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Shirley Fabina


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