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FRANKLIN, Ind. – Morning Pointe of Franklin residents chipped in their Christmas cheer for the Salvation Army, raising $500 to benefit the non-profit organization.

Loading up in the Morning Pointe bus, the residents visited their local Kroger to find a Salvation Army associate, eager to drop off their donations. But no bell ringer was in sight; only aprons and bells were laid to the side outside of the store.

The residents, in the Christmas spirit, picked up the bells and aprons, cheerfully greeting and ringing while singing Christmas songs, raising several hundred dollars with the help of their own donations and those of passersby.

Mary Beth Piland, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe, said it was an outing she would never forget, and that she looks forward to future plans.

“It was heartwarming to the residents and all the people who stood and watched and even donated,” Piland says. “A good time was had by all and plans are being made for next year.”

Photo: Morning Pointe of Franklin residents stepped up for the Salvation Army at the local Kroger.