In many ways, 2020 seems to have dragged on forever; however time has a funny way of catching up to us and it will be Christmas before we know it. This year, with all the complications and struggles of COVID, the Salvation Army needs our help in a big way.
The Salvation Army is moving up the bell ringing season, starting its red kettle campaign on Nov. 6 and running until Christmas Eve. They need volunteers to ring bells at locations in Quincy, Hannibal, and the surrounding area.
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 “Typically, unmanned kettles collect fewer donations than kettles with bell ringers," says Volunteer Coordinator Jeremy Koren. "When you volunteer to ring bells, you are helping The Salvation Army rescue Christmas for hundreds of local families who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic."
Families that need help over the holidays can also earn money by applying for a paid position as a bell ringer. Applications for these positions are available at The Kroc Center, located at 405 Vermont Street in Quincy. Applications are also available at The Salvation Army Family Store in Hannibal, located at 200 Steamboat Bend Shopping Center.
Volunteers can sign up online at www.registertoring.com for shifts as short as two hours, they can “Adopt-A-Kettle” for a day, or they can register to virtually ring using the same website. There will be measures in place to keep the bell ringers safe and healthy.