Alayna Butts and Cadence Winkler were recently presented with a bit of a problem.
The duo, both 14 years old, were in need of a service project through their United Methodist Church confirmation class. After a bit of a brainstorming session, the team came to a conclusion.
"We helped Pastor Gene come up with ideas," Winkler said of UMC Pastor Eugene Moeller. "We came up with food bank ideas or Project Share. We though about doing something for that."
Butts and Winkler realized, however, that one project has not yet been through California — collecting donations in kettles for The Salvation Army.
The girls have worked with the community and The Salvation Army to set up kettles in front of Cal's and C and R stores each Saturday Dec. 1-22. Cadence's mother, Tasha Winkler, said a representative from The Salvation Army met with UMC youth group to explain what the organization does.
"We learned The Salvation Army helps whole families get back on their feet after losing a job," Winkler said. "They give the whole family assistance, a new job and some things, a vehicle if it's needed."
Angie Butts-Althoff, Alayna's mother, said The Salvation Army uses donations for a variety of other services, as well.
"They provide classes for people in those tough situations," she said. "Teaching them how to budget money and allow them to stay in the Jefferson City shelter for a full year. They don't just provide clothing and that type of stuff, it's just so much more."
Alayna and Cadence understand The Salvation Army helps Moniteau County, as well.
"I see some kids at school that may need more help at home," Cadence said. "So, I know this is going to be helping my friends, too."
The helpful youths have placed a volunteer sign-up sheet at United Methodist Church for interested bell ringers. They hope other organizations and individuals will join in the bell-ringing effort.
Each shift will be for two hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
For more information, and a secondary place to sign up, contact Angie Butts-Althoff at 573-645-2359.