Spread Holiday Cheer: Salvation Army Needs Bell Ringers

Ready to do your good deed for the holidays? Consider this: The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is seeking volunteer bellringers for this year’s Red Kettle Campaign.

The Army is asking metro Detroit residents to visit http://www.ringbell.org/ to view openings and help fill shifts as bell ringers this holiday season at hundreds of locations throughout metro Detroit. Bell-ringing volunteer positions are offered 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, Gordon Food Service, 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, where 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 donations collected during the Red Kettle Campaign assist 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.

 The Salvation Army uses 85 cents 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, call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit www.salmich.org.

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