By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager
The cities of Bryan and College Station seem to relish the opportunity to compete in just about anything — even Christmas.
But don’t worry, we aren’t competing to see who can attract the most business or tourists, at least not this time. Instead, how about a little friendly competition to help The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, shelter, toys, financial assistance, and counseling to those in need in the Brazos Valley?
College Station Mayor Karl Mooney and Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson will participate in the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas campaign by ringing bells and collecting donations at local Walmart stores on Saturday from noon-1 p.m. Mooney will be at the College Station Walmart, while Nelson will be at the Bryan Walmart on Briarcrest.
The Mayor Ring Off has been a holiday tradition for many years. The problem is that the Bryan mayor — regardless of who it is — always seems to raise the most cash.
It’s time the good folks in College Station came together to bring that winning streak to an end. With the proper spirit of Christmas, of course.
If you happen to stop by the College Station Walmart on Saturday, say hello to Mayor Mooney and drop your spare change into that famous red kettle. You’ll be helping a bunch of your fellow residents in the process, especially through the hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
You don’t have to wait until Saturday, either. You can donate online in advance at salvationarmybcs.org. Click “Mayor Ring Off” and be sure to choose Mayor Mooney. Encourage your family and friends to donate, too!
Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.
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