Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- Silver bells. For generations Salvation Army Bell-Ringers have been stationed on street corners to collect donations. Today, bell ringers in Eureka engaged in a friendly competition to see who could raise the most money in a single day, and be crowned Kettle Queen.
Stacey Farmer was outside of Pierson’s Hardware in Eureka on Saturday morning hoping to earn the crown and sash. That’s not why she’s passionate about the organization. Farmer has a special connection to the Salvation Army.
“I’m a recovering addict.” She says. The Salvation Army helped her to attend rehab, free of charge. Later, when her family was struggling over the holiday season they received financial assistance. “They were the reason why we had a Christmas.” Farmer explains, her daughter by her side.
“I try to give back whenever I can,” Farmer explains, and she’s hoping to be the one taking home that Kettle Queen title.