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Some Salvation Army Bell Ringers Will Be Paid

The Salvation Army is already looking for volunteers to ring bells this holiday season. The Kettle Campaign kicks off early next month.

The Salvation Army in Springfield gets plenty of support from the community, with volunteers all ready to stand outside and ring bells for donations.

Unfortunately, there is not always a volunteer available. That is where employed bell ringers come in.

The Salvation Army fills time slots and locations with volunteers first, and then the remaining slots are filled with paid bell ringers. This helps ensure the Salvation Army can consistently collect donations.

In a recent bell ringer training session, 50 to 60 people showed up and applied to be bell ringers.

"One of the things that helps with a little bit of continuity is we have paid bell ringers that come out," Deshawn Johnson with the Salvation Army in Springfield said. "And that does help us with a little bit of continuity where we place them in places and we know they're going to be there for the allotted time."

The Decatur Salvation Army will also be taking applications for paid bell ringers from October 15-18.

The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteer bell ringers, to help lower the costs of the Kettle Campaign.

That way, the organization can use more of their donations to fund programs throughout the year.

Contact the Springfield Salvation Army for more information.


 
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