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AUDIO: Governor's Weekly Address - The Salvation Army Needs Volunteers and Your Donations

Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo is calling on island residents to give what they can during this Christmas Season to the Salvation Army's "Red Kettle Drive."

In his Weekly Address the Governor asks "you to support Guam's chapter of the Salvation Army; you can volunteer your time or make a monetary donation at the Red Kettle Drive."

If you're interested in becoming a bell ringer, call the Salvation Army Guam at 477-9872 or 78. 

HEAR the Governor's Weekly Address HERE>>>12.10.12 weekly address.mp3

READ the Governor's Weekly Address below:

Ringing with Christmas Cheer: A Weekly Address
By Eddie Baza Calvo

Hafa Adai, my fellow Guamanians.

First, let me take a moment to thank all of you who are supporting both The Sugar Plum Tree and the 12.12.12 Gift of Love Telethon.  Our island family is showing once again that we are generous and caring.

Christmas bells are ringing on our Pacific paradise.  I'm sure you hear them as you're out shopping for gifts.  The sounds come from bell ringers, out with those bright red kettle.  These sidewalk musicians are doing more than spreading Christmas cheer; they're raising money to help our most needy neighbors.

The music is courtesy of Guam's chapter of the Salvation Army and their Red Kettle Drive.  Every year, hundreds of Guamanians become volunteer bell ringers to support this organization: a group that cares for people year-round.

And this Christmas season, I'm so proud the Office of the Lt. Governor will volunteer their time to help raise money for the Salvation Army Guam.  So many of our families, churches, school clubs, and friends will also be volunteer bell ringers.  The Salvation Army is hoping to raise $75 thousand this year to fund their charitable programs.

I'm asking you, my fellow Guamanians, to please give what you can to the Red Kettle Drive.  Even your loose change will help out.

You will find the Red Kettle Drive bell ringers at ten sites around the island.  This effort requires a lot of people, and the Salvation Army could use more volunteers.  So please, if you find yourself with some free time from work or school, consider volunteering.

Many people have tried it...and now it's a Christmas tradition for them and their loved ones.  It's a great way to remind us of the true spirit of Christmas: to spread joy and share blessings—to love our neighbor and have peace on earth.

If you're interested in becoming a bell ringer, call the Salvation Army Guam at 477-9872 or 78.

Let's use this holiday season to bring our island family closer together.  And again, I ask you to support Guam's chapter of the Salvation Army; you can volunteer your time or make a monetary donation at the Red Kettle Drive.

This spirit of community and giving also reminds me of ten public servants at the Department of Public Health who will retire soon.  They are from the divisions of Public Health, Public Welfare, and General Administration.  Combined, they had more than 300 years of dedication to help our people.  These government workers helped our needy who were sick, our children in foster care, and our mothers with newborn babies.  When life gets tougher on Guam, the demand for these services increase.  Over the decades, these public servants have shown their commitment to our people.  In this most special season, I want to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to these men and women.  May the next chapter of your lives be fruitful and filled with blessings.

Finally, I'd like to leave you with some words I found on the Salvation Army's website:

“As long as people are discouraged or lonely or needing a helping hand, our 'Army of Compassion' will have a mission here on Guam.  We will strive to serve not as beacons to ourselves, but as a reflection of God's brighter light that has always driven our movement.”

Happy holidays, and may all Guamanians have a very, Merry Christmas.

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