More than 200 members of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 became pseudo Santa’s this year as bell ringers for the Salvation Army in 18 cities across Missouri. That’s right – across the entire State of Missouri.
And for many union members, it was a family affair with spouses, children and grandchildren helping out.
This is the sixth year that Local 562 union members and families joined with the Salvation Army to ring bells at the famous Red Kettles at grocery stores. This year the union’s members took up the bells in Columbia, Jefferson City, Cape Girardeau, Arnold, Hannibal, Florissant, St. Louis city and country, St. Charles, St. Peters, Harvester, Mid-Rivers, Wentzville, Dardenne Prairie, O’Fallon, Maryland Heights, Wentzville, Waterloo, IL.
The goal: to raise funds for the Salvation Army’s work helping those most in need not only at this time of the year, but year-round.
“Local 562 enjoys giving back to our community so that those less fortunate can have an opportunity to get back on their feet,” said Local 562 Business Manager John O’Mara. “Giving back is part of our union’s heritage, something we are proud of and take very seriously.”
The union participates in a number of charity efforts, most notably Rebuilding Together and “Heats On” efforts every year repairing furnaces and HVAC systems of the elderly and those unable to afford repairs.