Salvation Army bell ringer shares story

Salvation Army bell ringer shares story

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017 6:36 PM
Updated: Nov. 20, 2017 7:55 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.-- Bell ringers are to helping feed hundreds of families each year.

The bell ringing soldiers play a huge part in the success of the kettle drive.

Their smiles and interactions can help boost donations, and in turn, some of the ringers earn a pay check.

Tammy Holmes has been ringing the bells off and on for 10 years.

Tammy Holmes says, "I guess the bell catches their attention more than just the sign and the kettle itself."

She says right now she's staying at the mission, and work has been hard to find.

Before today, she was looking for other work.

With the seasonal position she'll be working until December 23rd.

Major Jason Koenig says, "A lot of the bell ringers we hire are people who would normally need our assistance, so this way it gives them a pay check, it's a good job reference, and it goes along with what Salvation Army does in the community."

Tammy says the Salvation Army has helped her throughout her life.

Tammy Holmes says, "When I filled out the application they had a question about how did you hear about the Salvation Army, I laughed because I grew up in the Salvation Army Church, thank you have a great day, God Bless You."

The Salvation Army says there’s a shortage of bell ringers.

Major Koenig says finding paid bell ringers has always been a struggle.

This year, both volunteers and paid ringers have been hard positions to fill.

The Salvation Army is hoping to turn those numbers around, so that more people can be connected, and more people can be served this holiday season.

You can register to ring here. 

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