Salvation Army Needs More Bell Ringers

By Courtney Brennan

Salvation Army Needs More Bell Ringers

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 30, 2005 at 10:47 PM EDT

The Salvation Army needs your help to reach its fundraising goal this holiday season. A shortage of bell ringers is hurting the Salvation Army’s "Red Kettle Campaign."

There are only a few more weeks of fundraising left and the non-profit is no where near its goal. The local Salvation Army wants to raise $70,000 this holiday season. But right now, they're only approaching the $10,000 mark. The “Red Kettle Campaign” ends Dec. 24.

The problem is this year is the low numbers of volunteers. Today for instance, there are only three or four bell ringers for the entire day. That means that only a few red kettles can be put out around the area. If the Salvation Army did have enough volunteers, they could put out as many as 14 red kettles and consequently, raise more money.

If you'd like to volunteer, you can call the Salvation Army or log onto www.redkettle.org. The shifts are a minimum of 3 hours, but you can stay longer if you have time.

One thing that is in the Salvation Army’s favor this season is the weather. It has been unseasonably warm, and they hope people will be more willing to volunteer if they don't have to stand out in the cold.

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