MEDFORD, Ore. – The Salvation Army bell ringers are out in full force this time of year. There are 18 different locations with ringers out front in Medford, Eagle Point and Ashland combined.
Salvation Army officials say the bell ringer positions are paid and it’s been that way for 15 years, meaning a small portion of your donation is in fact a paycheck. Salvation Army officials say if the ringer is not gaining donations to cover more than his or her paycheck, they move the ringer to a different location.
“We start substituting people back and forth just depending on how well they are doing to make sure that we are netting very well from each kettle,” said Salvation Army Jackie Agee.
Last year the local Salvation Army made $120,000 off of the red kettle campaign and $20,000 of that went to paying the bell ringers.