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Salvation Army, WAVE 3 News, Rotary Club team up to collect donations

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At the intersection of 3rd and Main Streets the sounds of bells filled the air early Tuesday morning. At the intersection of 3rd and Main Streets the sounds of bells filled the air early Tuesday morning.
With bells and collection canisters in hand, the large group spent nearly two hours gathering donations from pedestrians and motorists as traffic stopped at red lights. With bells and collection canisters in hand, the large group spent nearly two hours gathering donations from pedestrians and motorists as traffic stopped at red lights.
WAVE 3 News Anchor John Boel helping to collect donations. WAVE 3 News Anchor John Boel helping to collect donations.
Rotary Club of Louisville President Randy Coe Rotary Club of Louisville President Randy Coe
Salvation Army Area Commander Major Michael Hawley ringing bells early Tuesday morning. Salvation Army Area Commander Major Michael Hawley ringing bells early Tuesday morning.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - At the intersection of 3rd and Main Streets the sounds of bells filled the air early Tuesday morning.

More than two dozen members of the Rotary Club of Louisville teamed up with WAVE 3 News to collect donations for the Salvation Army beginning at 6:30 a.m.

With bells and collection canisters in hand, the large group spent nearly two hours gathering donations from pedestrians and motorists as traffic stopped at red lights.

The sound of ringing bells and jingling change was music to the ears of Salvation Army Area Commander Major Michael Hawley.

"This is one of the ways that service clubs have helped us," began Major Hawley,"And in particular this rotary club for over 20 years, on this corner, on this day."

"That's what the Rotary Club is all about - making a positive difference," said Rotary Club of Louisville President Randy Coe. "We're doing that today with Salvation Army."

While the partnership between the rotary club and the Salvation Army has been decades in the making, this time around the group could feel an obvious difference.

"Traditionally, we tease each other it's the coldest, snowiest, dreariest Tuesday morning of the whole Christmas season," said Wayne Perkey, former WHAS radio personality and current Rotarian. "We got a real break today."

That break may have helped boost donations.

"(Drivers were) maybe just a little bit more willing to roll the windows down and put something in our pot," said Major Hawley.

Major Hawley commended the community support citing that only with the help of others can the Salvation Army continue doing the most good.

Whether donating to via Red Kettles at storefronts, through the Angel Tree Program, or to the Food Angel Program at participating grocery stores, all donations are appreciated.

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