Baker joins Walsh to help Salvation Army meet $$$ goal

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A friendly competition between political leaders turned into teamwork Wednesday, as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh had an unexpected visitor drop by to help him as celebrity bell ringer: Gov. Charlie Baker.

Within minutes of Walsh taking over at The Salvation Army kettle post located outside Macy’s at Downtown Crossing, Baker showed up to join Walsh in an effort to help the charity reach its goal.

“We were surprised as anyone when the governor walked down and decided to join the mayor and help him out to raise more funds for people in need,” said Drew Forster, director of communications for The Salvation Army.

Baker, Walsh and House Speaker Robert DeLeo served as celebrity bell ringers this week in what’s become a friendly competition to raise money for the charity. As of Tuesday evening, DeLeo raised four times as much as Baker, who set the donation record Monday.

Forster said over the next two days the charity needs to raise $800,000 to reach its goal of $3.4 million.

The winner of the competition will be announced later Wednesday, according to The Salvation Army.

— Written by Antonio Caban

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