Salvation Army in Need of Bell Ringers

Brandon Weathers
Updated: December 03, 2018 07:19 PM

With only three weeks until Christmas Eve, the Salvation Army is in need of bell ringers.

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In order to reach their $270,000 goal for this year's red kettle drive, the Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to fill the more than 1,000 remaining 2-hour shifts. The Duluth Salvation Army reports the average volunteer bell ringer brings in about $56 an hour.

Captain Teri Ellison said, "there's a big difference between somebody at the kettle ringing, singing, or maybe their group is wearing a fun costume. Between that and an empty kettle, just really, nobody puts money in that."

In terms of the donations themselves, Captain Ellison said it doesn't take very much to make a big difference to an individual or family in the community.

"If you're out shopping, and somebody's putting a dollar or two dollars in, a dollar will feed one person a hot meal, and $2 will feed a family a meal from our food pantry," Ellison said.

The kettles are in both indoor and outdoor locations, and it's the outdoor locations that need the most help. Captain Ellison said, "grab your family, come out, ring the bell, wish people a merry Christmas. It becomes addicting. We have people who say, 'we started doing this 10, 15 years ago, and it wouldn't be Christmas without it.'"

There are several other ways to contribute, including toy donations. The greatest need for toys is for children ages 12 to 16. Captain Ellison says cologne or perfume, sports gear, and art supplies serve as good gifts for teens.

You can sign up to volunteer as a bell ringer here, and find a Toyland Express drop-off near you here.


Brandon Weathers

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