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Golfers ringing the Salvation Army bell for a great cause

A Salvation Army Red Kettle sits 100 yards out on the Flying Tee driving range, and the driving range will be donating a portion of its proceeds to the Salvation Army until the end of December. (KTUL)

A Salvation Army Red Kettle sits 100 yards out on the Flying Tee driving range, and the driving range will be donating a portion of its proceeds to the Salvation Army until the end of December.

You may think you’re just going to have some fun, but what you’re really doing is giving back to a family in need.

They're usually seen at grocery stores or street corners, not the middle of a driving range. But there is a Salvation Army Red Kettle just 100 yards away from making a huge difference for many people who need it.

“If you can ring the bell above the kettle,” says Captain Ken Chapman. “You can win a $30 gift card from Flying Tee.”

“Oh, my golf game is awful,” Chapman says with a cheerful laugh. “I make anybody who plays with me look a whole lot better.”

Even if your swing is broken, you’re giving more than a golf swing.

“Thank god for this place,” says Nicole Driscoll. “Because I don’t know where we would be. I mean in a car somewhere I’m sure.”

Golfers at the Flying Tee are giving people like Driscoll and her family hope. “My husband got laid off,” she says from the conference room at the Center of Hope. “And you know bills pile up and before you know it, within that month you’ve already gotten an eviction notice and you just can’t catch your feet.”

Driscoll and her children live at the Center of Hope.

“We have learned how to be a team again,” she says of her family. “It’s given us a lot of hope and my children a lot of stability.”

Proceeds from the Flying Tee will go to help Driscoll and her family. “I volunteer here, and I live here as well,” she says. “So, I see the things that come in and out.”

“Things that are not important to people, like soap and toilet paper and toothbrushes,” Driscoll says. “That’s really important to people out here.

So, every swing helps a child. Every ball means more than just a bad shot.

Flying Tee will be donating a portion of all of its proceeds to the Salvation Army for the rest of the month.

The Red Kettle will remain a centerpiece of the driving range during that time as well.

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