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Ruff Creek Markets in Weirton and Toronto pair up with Salvation Army

Ruff Creek Markets are partnering with The Salvation Army this holiday season to raise money for families in need.

Ruff Creek Markets are partnering with The Salvation Army this holiday season to raise money for families in need.

Representatives from both organizations got together Tuesday at the Weirton location to celebrate the partnership.

This is the first year Ruff Creek is collecting money, and all 27 of their locations in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and eastern Ohio are participating.

Cashiers will be asking all customers if they would like to add a dollar to their total bill to go to The Salvation Army.

Ruff Creek Markets hope to make this a yearly collaboration.

“We care about the community,” said Dakota Apperson, marketing coordinator for Coen Oil – Ruff Creek Markets. “These people come in every day. We have regulars, people know each other by name, so giving back to the community that we work in is really a number one priority here.”

Major Mike Morton of The Salvation Army in Weirton said it serves as another way opportunity to give.

“It's an extra location for us, if you think in terms of a kettle being out,” Morton said. “This is a great opportunity for folks that come into the store to give.”

Both organizations also got together at the Toronto location to celebrate the collaboration.

"Please come out and help these are people that you know that need the help,” said George Komar, Salvation Army Red Kettle coordinator. “You may be one of those people, and The Salvation Army is there for you. They've been here for 30 years or more, so they're here to help."

The last day to donate is Dec. 22. All the money raised can be used by The Salvation Army to help local families during the Christmas season.

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