The holiday season is right around the corner and red kettles will soon be flooding stores all over the metro. But the Salvation Army still has a great need for bell ringers before its annual drive begins November 9th.
Linda Johnson has been a Salvation Army volunteer for more than 10 years, including being a bell ringer. “There's always a sense of well-being that is absolutely matchless after you've been out doing some volunteer work."
She says the reward she feels for volunteering is much better than just writing a check. “You can give money, which is very rewarding in an abstract sense, but when you're out there actually doing something you walk away just feeling terrific.”
It’s those "feel good" emotions that the Salvation Army is counting on to sign up as many volunteers as possible. Last holiday season, they counted 9,000 bell ringing hours and more than 18,000 volunteers.
Greg Kadrlik is the director of volunteers and says many of the programs the Salvation Army offers are requesting additional resources this year. “We have increased need at our food pantry and the utility services we provide so it's just across."
The bell ringing starts November 9th in more than 140 stores in the area.
The Salvation Army also has its annual Red Kettle Run next Saturday at Lake Zorinsky. To participate, bring 10 non-perishable food items or $10. All the money raised by the kettles stays within the community where the fundraising was done.
Below is a link to signing to become a bell ringer and information on the 5K run.