In recent years, Salvation Army bell ringers have attempted to bring a little pizzazz into their kettle duties in order to spur interest and donations. You might remember the tiny bell ringing horse from last year or Elvis himself manning a red kettle!
This year’s creative bell ringing award goes to…Bell Ringers David Kelly and Christopher Hinzman, Cadets in The Salvation Army School for Officer Training!
Bell Ringers slowed their bells and officially closed down their red kettles as The Salvation Army’s 120th annual Red Kettle Campaign wrapped up on Christmas Eve at stores nationwide. While most bell ringers closing up shop were volunteers, there were some who rang the bells for temporary income.
Among the paid bell ringers was Lynn and Rusty Smith of Ventura, California, first time ringers who are currently down on their luck due to tough economic times.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU!
We have so much for which to be thankful during this day of celebration and giving.
First and foremost, we’d like to give you a gigantic THANK YOU for helping The Salvation Army “Do the Most Good”.
Most recently, The Salvation Army Alaska Divisional Headquarters received the following plea for help from a woman in Alaska:
“I have been praying for weeks for the opportunity to bring my sister and her two boys (ages 3 & 5) home for Christmas and I know that it will be by God’s divine intervention that they are able to come home. No one in our family has the means to bring her home.”