The traditional sound of bells ringing at The Livingston County Salvation Army Red Kettles are as much a part of the holiday season as snow on Christmas, midnight church services and presents under the tree.
The Salvation Army Red Kettle season is one of The Salvation Army’s largest fundraising events, bringing in almost a third of the Livingston County Corps annual budget. Money raised during the campaign helps the Army serve over 7,000 persons in need each year in Livingston County through a wide array of programs, including mentoring and education for kids, shelter for the homeless, energy assistance for the elderly and food for the hungry. However, as many know, it takes an army to make that happen.
With the 2016 Christmas goal set at $380,000 The Salvation Army of Livingston County is getting a jump on the season by opening up the bell ringing website, Ringbell.org. Individuals, organizations, families, and corporations will be able to schedule a date in advance and plan the rest of their holiday season around bell ringing!
The Salvation Army of Livingston County enlists and is in need of individuals as paid ringers as well.
“We use paid ringers to fill the kettle sites that are unmanned by volunteers” said Major Prezza Morrison “Paid individuals keep the bells ringing and kettles manned during times that would otherwise be unmanned and kettles that are unmanned bring in little to no funds. Additionally, we are able to help individuals in need earn some extra income for the holidays. It’s a win, win all the way around”
Individuals interested in becoming a paid bell ringer can apply at The Salvation Army Corps office, starting Monday, Oct. 10. Applications will be available 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Paid ringers will begin ringing on Nov. 11, with various shifts through Dec. 24. Pay rate is $8.50 per hour with bonus’ available based on funds raised. We are also looking for drivers to deliver kettle workers and buckets. Pay rate is $9.50 and applicants need a chauffeur license. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as the approval process takes several weeks.
Anyone interested in volunteering to bell ring may sign up online, www.RingBell.org. Organizations wishing to take an entire day of bell ringing at one or several locations should contact Liz Welch directly at extension 347.
Donations accepted via mail The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 647, Howell, MI 48844, or visit our website for more information.