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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

A 'servant's heart' sets tone for bell-ringing senior project


April 13, 2022

Courtesy of Lt. Jon Tollerud

High school senior Caleb Garcia makes a nightly deposit after collecting donations from The Salvation Army's Red Kettles during last year's annual holiday fundraising drive. Garcia coordinated volunteers and collected the donations as part of his senior project.

Picking a senior project was just like ringing a bell for Caleb Garcia.

Since 2013, the 17-year-old has been involved with The Salvation Army, so being the volunteer coordinator of the nonprofit's Red Kettle fundraising effort made perfect sense.

Born in Indio, California, in the Coachella Valley, Garcia grew up in southern part of the state around Los Angeles, where there's no shortage of people in need. His mother, Lt. Rosie Tollerud, of The Salvation Army, said her son was always ready to help where needed.

"The church we came from, he started serving Thanksgiving meals," she said. "Tha...

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