The Springfield Salvation Army is asking for help amid a shortage of bell-ringers this holiday season.
In a news release, the nonprofit said they needed both paid employees and volunteers to stand outside local stores with the iconic Salvation Army red kettles and ring bells to encourage people to donate.
“Considering the unique challenges of our current times, reaching our Red Kettle goal (of $875,000) is vital to our year-round programs,” the release states. “Without the community’s support, we would not be able to assist those who come to us in need.”
This year, the Salvation Army is also conducting a virtual red kettle campaign, which allows people to join or host teams and raise money from the safety of their own homes.
More information about those programs is available at https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/midland/springfieldMO/. People wanting to be hired as bell ringers can also call 417-862-5509.
The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church that helps provide various services throughout the United States, including food for the needy, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, clothing and shelter for the homeless and other programs.
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