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Holiday Cheer: Salvation Army Looking For Bell Ringers

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There’s nothing like giving to help you experience the true joy of the holiday season, so if you’ve got some time to spare think about joining the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit’s bellringers’ brigade.

Head to http://www.ringbell.org/ to view openings and help fill shifts as bell ringers this holiday season at hundreds of locations throughout metro Detroit. The bell-ringing volunteer positions are offered Nov. 11 through Dec. 24 (Sundays excluded), and can be filled by individuals and groups of all sizes.

This year, more than 400 red kettles will be placed throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties at Kroger, WalMart, Hiller’s Markets, ACO Hardware, Sam’s Club, JCPenney, Walgreens and other participating sites. The Red Kettle fundraising campaign relies heavily on volunteer efforts to reach its $8.2 million goal.

“As poverty levels rise for the fourth consecutive year in a row, the need for social services continues to increase,” said Major Mark Anderson, general secretary and metro Detroit area commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “Volunteers who donate their time to ring a bell are a vital part of helping The Salvation Army feed and shelter the impoverished in our community.”

All volunteer opportunities can be found at www.ringbell.org. Volunteers may log on, pick a preferred location and choose a shift time most convenient for them. Volunteers may sign up for one or more shifts, and will receive a confirmation email prior to the selected date.

All money collected during the Red Kettle Campaign will go toward helping local families and individuals in times of need. These funds help maintain vital human services, such as food and shelter for children and adults throughout the year.

Does it work? Check this out: In the last year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit was involved in providing 3,194,802 million meals and 687,203 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.85 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at www.salmich.org.

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