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Five-year-old rings bell for Salvation Army

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WATERLOO (KWWL) Standing almost as tall as the red kettle, five-year-old Nathan Whitney rings his bell for the Salvation Army.

"He generally likes to be out here for a while, meet people and ringing the bell and has some fun with it," said Rob Whitney.

Nathan's parents, Rob and Tammy Whitney, are the Officers in Charge at the Waterloo Salvation Army.

"We figure that there are people in the community who can take part who help raise money, the family itself should take part in helping raise money for the Salvation Army," said Rob Whitney. 

Little Nathan knows what he's doing...

"Bell ringing," he said.

And for the most part, he understands why...

"Money for people who don't have money and they need stuff," said Nathan Whitney.

"We really haven't had to explain a whole lot to him. We did the first couple of years and he knows what we do and why we're out here doing it. He's got a pretty good grasp on it in five-year-old terms," said Rob Whitney.

Shoppers often greet Nathan, some ask to hug him and all appreciate what he's doing.

"Very positive. Excited to see a little boy out ringing. they think it's a good experience for him and lots of smiles usually," said Whitney.

Usually, the weather isn't great during bell ringing season.

"Are you cold? Yes," he said.

But he's all bundled up from head to toe and goes inside to warm up.

Plus, after his shift comes something worth waiting for...

"Hot cocoa," said Nathan.

But the cocoa isn't his favorite part. That's...

"When they put the money in," he said.

Money needed to help the Salvation Army help so many people. This year's red kettle goal for Waterloo is $195,000.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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