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Bell Ringers needed to support the Salvation Army


Believe it or not, it's almost time to see the familiar red kettles and bell ringers around the Cedar Valley.

The kettle campaign kicks off November 11th, and the Waterloo Salvation Army is now accepting applications for hired bell ringers and volunteers.

"In a perfect world, we'd have 52 volunteers a day for six days for six weeks," said Karin Rowe with the Salvation Army.

This year, there will be kettles at 26 different locations. If you want to ring bells this holiday season, all you have to do is stop by the Salvation Army office on Franklin Street in Waterloo and fill out an application.

The goal is to raise $677,000, which is more than half of the Salvation Army's budget for the entire year.

"So when you drop that dollar in the bucket, it's not just going to Christmas, it's not a one month deal. We're going for 12 months with that," said Captain Rob Whitney.

Money raised helps fund numerous services provided by the Salvation Army.

"You can put food on a family's table or give them a couple more weeks of breathing easier knowing there's a roof over their head. So something as simple as ringing a bell for a couple hours can really change somebody's life," said Karin Rowe.

Those with the Salvation Army said more and more people in the community are in need.

"We're seeing a lot of people who are new faces," said Captain Whitney.

Captain Whitney said many people in the community are generous year after year, and he hopes people donate again this year. He said even if you only donate a few cents because it all adds up.

"If everybody who walked in and out of the store put in 25 cents, if every single person did that, we would meet our goal much faster. As many people walk in and out of those stores, I would say one in every 10 or 15 actually drops in the kettle," said Whitney.

The bell ringing slots are divided into five-hour shifts. Captain Whitney recommends getting a group of co-workers or friends together and each person taking an hour of the shift.


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