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Bell Ringers Needed for Salvation Army

It's a familiar sound you start hearing about this time each year, but some worry bell ringers may be in short supply.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - It's a familiar sound you start hearing about this time each year, but some worry bell ringers may be in short supply.

Representatives from the Centre County Salvation Army say so far, there is a lack of volunteers to ring bells at local businesses this season.

Bell ringing officially starts next Friday, November 29th.

There are about 600 hours filled by volunteers so far, but that's less than half of the total hours that need to be filled, which is about 1,300 hours.

Time slots are for two hours each at eight locations across Centre County.

Over the past few years, the Salvation Army has seen a decline in donations as well. To compensate for that shortage, a new program was launched last year, called "We Are the Kettles."

The Salvation Army's Centre County Regional Manager, Steven Williams, says that program did help last year. The county saw an increase in donations because of it and that's something they're hoping to see again this year.

To learn how you can help, or to sign up to ring bells at various Centre County locations, visit the State College Salvation Army website.

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