Salvation Army says thanks to volunteers, contributors and bell ringing sites

Deloris Richards and myself, Dennis Ozmun, are the coordinators for the Salvation Army in Lyon County. 2020 was a year like we have never experienced before. Our bell ringers were only about 40% of what we normally had, however, Lyon County stepped up to the plate and we had our best year ever with $40,358. About 88% of that stays right here in Lyon County. Thank you!

We take this opportunity to thank all of you that made our year such a success, but I personally need to thank four special people. I was quite sick for nearly all of this year’s campaign, and Deloris Richards and her husband Dick really stepped up and pulled her share and much of mine. I thank my wife Judy, who took care of most all of the scheduling. I also thank our Sheriff Eric Wallen, who on his day off placed the kettles in various business for me. Thank you!

Now for a special thank you to all who rang the bell, they did not ring just once or twice, but multiple times. Thank you to all who mailed in contributions, your response was amazing.

We had a Local Heroes Day, which was for the emergency responders in Lyon County. Thank you to the Marshall Fire Department, who took one location for the entire day. Also participating were Sheriff Wallen and two dispatchers, Cottonwood Ambulance, Cottonwood Fire Department and North Memorial Ambulance.

Our Realtor Day was packed with people from Marshall Area Homes, Wilson O’Brien, Edina Realty, Minnesota Land and Homes, and Keller Williams Preferred Realty. Our three sites for bell ringing, Ace Hardware, Runnings and Hy-Vee are very much appreciated. Other businesses that had our kettles were Perkins, Hitching Post, Mike’s Cafe, Patzer Hardware, Cottonwood Co-Op, and in Minneota Ag Plus and Brad’s Market. We thank you for your willingness and help. Marshall Independent and KMHL, you did a great job as always. Thank you!

Thank you to “Santa Claus” and Hy-Vee who so generously matched funds that day. We thank Keller Williams Preferred Realty who not only took an extra day, but they also matched the funds they collected that day.

The youth who rang the bell for us this year were the Marshall and Wabasso Honor Society and John Voit and the Minneota Boy Scouts. Thank you!

Our sincere appreciation, to all who so generously contributed both time and money. The success of the Salvation Armey’s mission depends on you. Your support has enabled us to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. If we left anyone off our list, we apologize and sincerely thank you for your involvement.

During this time of the pandemic, unrest and division in this great land of ours, it is so heart warming to see the unity of the community of Lyon County and how you responded to fill the needs of the Salvation Army’s mission. Thank you and God bless!

Dennis Ozmun



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