Christmas is coming early this year

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Today marked the start of the first annual 'Jingle in July' event. During the Christmas season the local stores are filled with 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' and the familiar sound of the Salvation Army bells, but 'Jingle in July' is getting a head start because, as Walmart Store Director Kiel Wendelschafer said, "Need has no season".

"It is a great opportunity, with all the summer visitors and everyone coming out and about, to get some donations of behalf of the Salvation Army." Wendelschafer said.

Every Friday and Saturday through the month of July, volunteers from the Salvation Army and Walmart will be ringing their iconic bells enticing patrons to drop a donation in the familiar red buckets. Other participants include Boy Scout Troop 38 who will provide face painting, food trucks will be available in the parking lot, and even Santa himself is expected to make an appearance. Captain Lance Walters with the Salvation
Army talked about how these donations help the community.

"We assist people through our social service office with help with rental assistance, or utilities, and also our food boxes." Captain Walters said.

Captain Walters has even been wishing people a Merry Christmas as they exit the store, proving it is never too early to feel the Holiday spirit.