The Salvation Army/KETV 7 Can Help Kids Back to School Backpack Program Drop Off Locations

The Salvation Army
Lied Renaissance Center
3612 Cuming St., Omaha

Any Methodist Clinic
or Hospital Location

8303 Dodge St., Omaha
707 N 190th Plz, Omaha
717 N 190th Plz, Omaha
16120 W Dodge, Omaha
10710 Fort St, Omaha
10060 Regency Cir, Omaha
8901 W Dodge Rd, Omaha
17675 Welch Plz, Omaha
5908 S 142nd St., Omaha
101 E Centennial Rd, Papillion
3353 L St., Omaha
1001 Risen Son Blvd, Council Bluffs
933 E Pierce St., Council Bluffs

Participating McDonald's Locations
1751 Madison Ave., Council Bluffs
1607 W Broadway, Council Bluffs
610 30th Ave, Manawa
1608 Galvin Rd S, Bellevue
10777 Q St., Omaha
4404 N 30th St., Omaha
8003 S 84th St., La Vista
18320 Wright St., Omaha
14449 W Center Rd, Omaha
929 E Washington St, Blair
12850 L St., Omaha
8525 S 71st Plz, Papillion
177805 Welsh Plz, Omaha
2410 Cuming St., Omaha
9505 S 144th St., Omaha
7400 N 30th St., Omaha
9009 Military Rd, Omaha
7717 Dodge Rd, Omaha
3404 N 108th St., Omaha
2340 N 72nd St., Omaha
11330 W Dodge Rd, Omaha
14363 S Highway 31, Gretna
3805 N 132nd St., Omaha
4635 N 72nd St., Omaha
3575 N 168th Ct., Omaha
122 S 40th St., Omaha
1410 S Washington St., Papillion
13708 Q St., Omaha
3606 S 84th St., Omaha
3609 Summit Plaza Dr., Bellevue
3909 S 42nd St., Omaha
10201 S 21st St., Bellevue
2760 S 13th St., Omaha
435 E 23rd St., Fremont
100 Willow Rd, Missouri Valley

Kaplan University
5425 N 103rd St., Omaha

Bounce University
11142 Q St., Omaha

Bellevue Senior Center
109 W 22nd Ave., Bellevue

Camelot Senior Center
9270 Cady St., Omaha

Corrigan Senior Center
3819 X St., Omaha

Florence Senior Center
2920 Bondesson St., Omaha

Montclair/Millard Senior Center
2304 S. 134th Ave., Omaha

Omaha Hair Choice
4217 S 120th St., Omaha

1926 S 67th St., Omaha

Classic Pool and Spa
4213 S 120th St., Omaha

Sapp Brothers
14705 Cornhusker Rd #2, Omaha

Peck Law Firm
212 S 74th St #100, Omaha

Rockbrook United Methodist Church
9855 W Center Rd, Omaha


Bells Rang Around Town!

Joe Vlock, (far right) inspires students from Bryan Middle School to give back to the community.

Ever wonder who rings bells for the Omaha Salvation Army? Every year, The Salvation Army sets up kettles, and bell ringers stand by the kettles ringing out the good news of hope. This year was no different. Here are a few of our outstanding bell ringers.

For nearly 25 years, Joe Vlock has organized a day of bell ringing for his South Omaha Optimist Club. He has encouraged the participation of young people in south Omaha and goes to area schools and promotes bell ringing as a way students can meet their community service requirements.

In addition to the south Omaha students, Joe has also gotten his office co-workers at New York Life Insurance Company involved. He says that volunteering is a wonderful family activity and sets a good example of giving back to the community.

Bobby, Henry and Avery enjoyed the spirit of ringing bells.

Since the first year, the number of locations and number of bell ringers has grown. Joe and his dedicated group of bell ringers, including students from Bryan Middle School and Indian Hills Elementary, joined together on December 14 and rang from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at nine locations in the Omaha metro area.

On the coldest day of the year when temperatures were below zero in Omaha, members of the Omaha North Rotary rang bells at Walmart on 99th Street and Blair Road. It was a cold job, but their enthusiasm warmed the hearts of shoppers who gave to the kettle as they entered and exited the store.

The Kettle Klub Cabinet and Advisory Board members with their families volunteered at various times and locations throughout the city. Proving again, just as Joe Vlock said, that bell ringing is a wonderful family activity!

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