Ringing in the giving season
By Cassie Lennox
The Salvation Army provides many opportunities for families and friends to come together for the sake of benefiting the community, but one of the most iconic ways to give back is through their annual Red Kettle bell ringing campaign.
The bell ringing season begins each November – this year, the bell ringing campaign starts Friday, Nov. 10 – and runs through Dec. 23. Volunteers and those who donate help improve, and sometimes even save, the lives of people within the community.
This year, organizers said, the Salvation Army hopes to raise at least $175,000. The money raised in the kettles goes right back to the local community, and on average, according to the Salvation Army, every two hours of time donated to bell ringing raises about $60 in donations.
“Reaching out to those in need by volunteering to ring bells or serve warm meals is a wonderful way to connect with the community, to give back, to share blessings, and to be blessed in return,” said Jared Redfield, Salvation Army Hope Center Advisory Board chair.
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