Salvation Army in need of volunteer bell ringers for Red Kettle campaign

DuBois, Clearfield County, Pa. - The parking lots are filled and stores are packed. However one sound rings over the hustle and bustle of the holidays: The Salvation Army Bells.

Jean Smith is a volunteer bell ringer for the Salvation Army red kettle campaign. She sits at the entrance of the Dubois Mall almost everyday  

Smith first got involved with the Salvation Army three years ago when she no longer had a car to get around.
"I still use the van to come to work and to go to church on Sunday," says Smith.

The volunteer spends nearly 10 hours a day alongside the red kettle, and that's because they need more volunteers. Smith says, "sometimes they have trouble getting people to come and ring a bell."

This year the salvation army has nine locations around DuBois. Salvation Army officials say most places have the same bell ringers day in and day out.

"We have some people that are doing 10 hour shifts and it's hard work. And so it can be a little nerve-wracking to make sure all the spots are filled," explains Lieutenant Candace Horseman.

Right now the group is two weeks from the end of it's fundraising campaign and have only reached 35% of their $58,000 goal. All the money collected stays in the area to help local people.

Lt. Horseman says the donations seem to increase the closer it gets to Christmas. "We're hoping that everyone bands together and people are feeling generous this season"

Smith realizes how much the Salvation Army has changed her life and wants to help raise a dollar for them anyway she can.

"Being a widow and living alone i have a purpose in life now, i can get up and i have something to look forward to and friends to call all the time," says Smith.

That's why she spends so much time ringing the bell, holding a door, and trying to put a smile on someone's face, to spread the message of the Salvation Army.

If you want to volunteer be a bell ringer call the Dubois Salvation Army at (814) 371-5320.


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