Local Mayors Swing Red Kettles for Donation Challenge

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Bryan and College Station Mayors competed in the Salvation Army Ringing Challenge at each City's Wal-Mart Saturday morning.

The goal is for each Mayor to raise as many donations as possible, ringing the red kettles. Wal-Mart will match each Mayor's total up to $1,000. Wal-Mart will also contribute an additional $1,000 to the Salvation Army in the name of the winning Mayor.

News 3 met up with Mayor Jason Bienski at the Super Wal-Mart in Bryan just before the challenge got underway. He said he was very optimistic about the contest, but was happy to participate either way.

“It’s important to give back," said Bienski. "People in Bryan have always been generous; I’m very proud of them,” he smiled.

According to the Salvation Army, money from the annual holiday collection drive is used to provide food, clothing, shelter, toys, financial assistance and counseling to residents across the Brazos Valley in need.