Salvation Army needs bell ringers

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Now is the time for all community-minded residents to consider volunteering to take a turn ringing the bell at a red kettle for the Salvation Army.

This is the main fund-raising effort the Salvation Army does, and 87 percent of the funds collected stay right here in the Indian Wells Valley, to help local residents in need throughout the year. The Salvation Army not only does Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday food baskets, but also has a long list of year-round programs that this fund-raising drive helps.

Coming up will be drives for warm winter coats and jackets for those in need, toys for both the Toys for Tots and Salvation Army Christmas toy projects, and helping out those whose homes have been wiped out by disaster. The organization also has an ongoing food pantry and many other projects.

Many volunteer say they find the experience meaningful and satisfying in the spirit of Christmas.

Groups can volunteer, too. Clubs, schools, churches, singers, musicians, families and friends can come take a shift as a group or start a competition with another group at a different location to see who can raise the most in donations. A child, with an adult to supervise, can volunteer and learn about helping others.

Some bell-ringers sing or dance or play an instrument to catch the public’s attention.

To volunteer a few hours to help others this holiday season, call the Salvation Army at 760-375-7219 and ask for an application or come to the office at 151 S. Downs St. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up an application. For more information about the Salvation Army, see www.salvationarmy.org.

Story First Published: 2012-11-28