Josette Donelson made sure she had every bit of change from her purse put into the red kettle located in the Marshalltown High School cafeteria Wednesday.
The senior student was one of many who decided to donate to the Salvation Army. Students at the school rang bells during the three lunch periods to collect donations. The effort was expected to raise $200 for the charity.
"Some people don't have the things I have, so I just like to give back," Donelson said.
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Marshalltown High School student Josette Donelson donates to the kettle for the Salvation Army as her fellow students Eli Devine, right, and Brandon Daniel ring bells during lunch in the school cafeteria Wednesday.
Seniors Eli Devine and Brandon Daniel were the first to volunteer to ring bells next to the kettle.
"The Salvation Army helps a lot of people that are in need," Daniel said.
The school has been doing this annually right before the holiday break for several years, according to Val Hunt, MHS teacher and staff organizer of the project. Hunt said they realize the impact the Salvation Army has for the less fortunate in Marshalltown.
"We have so many people in our community that benefit from it," Hunt said.
Aside from raising money, MHS Student Senate members also held a canned food drive at the school, collecting more than 600 food items over the course of several days.
"The barrels are overflowing," Hunt said.
Last year's food drive at the school helped more than 300 families in need in the area.
"All of it stays in Marshalltown, so that's a good thing," Hunt said.