Salvation Army needs bell ringers

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The iconic red kettle of the Salvation Army is a well-recognized symbol of the holidays.

It is a reminder that not all of us can expect a joyous and happy holiday or prosperous new year. The Red Kettle campaign is an important fundraising effort allowing the Salvation Army to provide assistance where needed during the course of a year. It only works if volunteers are willing to stand by the kettle and ring a bell as a reminder to all those passing by to make a donation.

“We need bell ringers,” said Jim Cooper of the local Salvation Army board of directors.

Individuals or organizations willing to donate time to staff a bell ringing station at Wal-Mart, Rural King or Save-a-Lot should call Cooper at 217-463-2237 or the Chester P. Sutton Community Center in Paris at 217-465-8143.

Cooper explained the Sutton Center is generously providing space to both store the kettles and act as an office area for coordinating the volunteers. Another option is to stop at the senior center and fill out a time slot on a large calendar for when volunteers plan to take a kettle to one of the three locations.

Volunteers will pickup and return the kettles to the senior center.

The local Red Kettle campaign starts Nov. 30 and some time slots are already filled.

The Key Club will ring the bells 4-7 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 at Rural King. The Paris Ministerial Fellowship plans to be at Rural King Dec. 6.

Cooper said members of Bell Ridge Christian Church and Illinois Department of Transportation employees are also on board for bell ringing.

“We’ve got a few scheduled,” Cooper said, adding there is still plenty of opportunity for people to help the Salvation Army collect donations.