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West Salem senior finishes 24-hour bell ringing stint

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:56:42 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 13 2013 04:11:22 PM CST
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WKBT, News8000.com

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) -

A local high school student wrapped up a very sucessful 24-hours of bell ringing. 

They counted down the seconds as West Salem senior Anna Lattos finished her marathon bell ringing session at Festival Foods in Onalaska at 10 a.m. Friday.

She started ringing bells at her Salvation Army red kettle Thursday morning. This is part of her senior exit project. and she's using the experience to learn about the problem of homelessness here in our area.

The generosity of those that donated brought Lattos to tears. 

"I am so happy how many people donated," Lattos said. "I mean, it's just amazing how many people came out to support me. I mean people came in and dropped in $100 and that happened a lot. I mean it just amazes me how wonderful our community is." 

Lattos set out to raise $1,000 and ended up collecting more than $4,000. 

Thrive Health Center is matching the first thousand dollars dropped into the kettle.

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A local high schooler is settling in for a long night of bell ringing. 

West Salem senior Anna Lattos will be ringing bells for 24-hours straight at Festival Foods in Onalaska for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign. 

As part of her senior exit project for school Lattos started ringing bells at 10 a.m. Thursday morning. She says she's used the experience to learn about the problem of homelessness in our area. 

"I didn't want to just do the bell ringing,” Lattos said. “I also wanted to volunteer to get to know the people and what is happening. So I go there twice a week to serve a meal, and I also talk with the people at the Salvation Army to understand their situation because not everyone is the same." 

You can help Lattos reach her goal of raising $1,000 a thousand dollars. She'll be at Festival Foods in Onalaska until 10 a.m. on Friday. Thrive Health Center will be matching the first $1,000 that are dropped into the kettle. 

The Salvation Army hopes to raise $650,000 by the end of January. If you want to volunteer to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army in La Crosse, you can sign up at the organization’s website, www.bells2ring.org.

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