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Mascot challenge, Bucket Blitz readied for Tree of Lights campaign

Salvation Army bell ringers Jan Koester, left, and Victoria Huntley set up inside Hy-Vee on Broadway and entertain the shoppers as the enter and leave the store. | H-W File Photo
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Posted: Nov. 30, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- The Quincy Salvation Army is holding several promotions next week to support its annual Tree of Lights Christmas campaign.

Area mascots will participate in the Captain Kettle Mascot Challenge in an attempt to out-ring the Salvation Army's mascot, Captain Kettle.

Each mascot will ring bells for a two-hour period outside the Hy-Vee on Broadway or the County Market on Spring to see who will raise the most money.

The schedule is:

Quincy High School Blue Devil, from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Hy-Vee.

Quincy Notre Dame Raider, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hy-Vee.

Culver-Stockton Wildcat, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hy-Vee.

John Wood Community College Woody, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hy-Vee.

Quincy University Hawk, from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at County Market.

Salvation Army Captain Kettle, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hy-Vee.

"This is a great opportunity for the community to support their favorite team and help the Salvation Army meet its Christmas goal," said Seasonal Event Coordinator Jeremy Koren. "We look forward to seeing our community rally behind their favorite team, all while supporting a great cause."

The winners of the competition will be announced the week of Dec. 9.

The Salvation Army also is hosting Bucket Blitz days in communities it serves to celebrate the 35th year of the blitz events.

Bucket Blitz events are set for:

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Mo. 15 and U.S. Business 36 in Shelbina, Mo.

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Memorial and Jefferson in Pittsfield.

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Main and Capitol in Mount Sterling.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the intersection of Main and Ross in Palmyra, Mo.

All proceeds from the Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Christmas campaign supports programs and services to families in need, including lodging at the emergency shelter, meal for shelter residents, the daily bread line and food boxes.

The Quincy Area Command serves families in Adams, Brown and Pike counties in Illinois, and Marion, Ralls, Lewis, Monroe and Shelby counties in Missouri.

More than $85,000 has been raised toward the campaign goal of $410,000, which was announced earlier this month.