SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Kiwanis had a big check for the Salvation Army. At their regular meeting at Homers Restaurant in Newton, the club President Jim Peters, Vice President Bob Mirabilio and Treasurer Larry Palmer presented Nestor Valverde with a check for $13,696.87, proceeds from their annual bell ringing campaign.
Peters said the annual red Kettle Drive has “truly been a love affair,” with the community. “People are so generous.”
According to Palmer volunteers donated more than 164 hours this year. Kiwanis members volunteered 109 hours. Friends, family and community members also rang the bell outside the Sparta Stop & Shop.
Sparta High School and Sussex Technical High School Key Club student donated more than 21 hours and even celebrated the season by singing Christmas carols, to the delight of donors according to Peters.
“We love doing it and look forward to doing it again next year,” Palmer said thanking Stop & Shop for their support.
The Sparta Kiwanis has participated in the Salvation Army Kettle Drive for 25 years, donating a total of $483,337 according to Palmer.
“Thank you for your efforts,” Valverde said. “In Jesus name, God bless you.”
“It is truly a passion of mine,” Peters said. “I hope to keep ringing the bell for as long as I can.”
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