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Telethon jingles in $72,000

Simply Ceramics presented a $50 donation on-air with Z99 Radio Announcer Tom-E-Lee. (Annie Harman/Echo Press)1 / 5
Sisters Emily and Alli Prestby sang with their own guitar accompaniment at the 65th Annual Jingle Bells Telethon. (Annie Harman | Echo Press)2 / 5
Different businesses and organizations in Alexandria manned the phone lines Saturday night. Donations could be made in person or by calling in on Saturday. People can donate year-round online and by mail.3 / 5
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The 65th annual Jingle Bells Telethon took place at the Lake Geneva Christian Center on Saturday night. The Alexandria Jaycees and Jingle Bells Foundation joined forces to put on a live variety show featuring local dancers, singers and musicians.

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So far, $72,000 has been raised toward the ultimate goal of $120,000.

The money goes toward food and toys that are assembled into gift baskets and given to those who request them during the holiday season.

The 2013 basket goal was 1,000. On Sunday, volunteers delivered 987 gift baskets to local residents.

A small portion of the proceeds also goes toward the production costs of each year’s show.

If you were unable to see the performances, DVDs are available for purchase through the Jingle Bells website. DVDs for the 2012 show are also still available.

The Jingle Bells Foundation accepts donations 364 days a year. People can donate year-round online at or by mail to Jingle Bells Foundation, PO Box 131, Alexandria, MN 56308.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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