Salvation Army needs bell ringers for holiday season

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Salvation Army desperately needs volunteers to ring bells in Shelby County as part of its Red Kettle Campaign.

Salvation Army spokeswoman Tree Davidson said on a given day more than 25 volunteers should be collecting at locations across the county. However on most days, the organization struggles to have just two or three bell ringers.

Davidson said the lack of volunteers will hurt the Salvation Army&8217;s programs and fundraising goals.

&8220;It&8217;s definitely brought our goals down a bit,&8221; said Davidson. &8220;Without a doubt, it&8217;s a cause for concern.&8221;

According to Davidson, all money collected in Shelby County stays here to fund more than 20 different programs that help the underprivileged.

If you are interested in helping the Salvation Army in its Red Kettle Campaign, contact Captain Kevin Strickland at 663-7105. Bell ringers are needed in Alabaster, Pelham, and along U.S. 280. For other volunteer opportunities with the group, contact Salvation Army headquarters in Birmingham at 328-2420