Why the Salvation Army needs your help

It's the time of year when The Salvation Army is in search of bell ringers.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — You’ve most likely become familiar with the sound of bells rung by volunteers of The Salvation Army during the holiday season.

They are starting recruitment for those bell ringers right now. Here are some questions you may have about signing up:

Why do they need volunteers?

The Black Hills Area Coordinator for The Salvation Army, Major Jerry O’Neil, put it this way: “We’ve toyed around with just hanging empty kettles in different locations over the years, and they will do nothing. They will do literally nothing, not even a couple of pennies. It makes a huge difference to have people there.”

What would I have to do?

Volunteers can sign up for as many two-hour shifts as they like. There are over 30 locations around the Black Hills that have ringers there for eight hours, Tuesday through Saturday during their campaign, so there are plenty of shifts to sign up for. There are 128 shifts that need to be covered just in Rapid City. During your shift, you would stand next to a kettle, ring a bell, and thank anybody that donates. This year, there will be QR codes on the kettles, so people can donate using their phones.

How long is the campaign?

The campaign starts November 18 and runs through December 24.

Where do the donations go?

All donations will stay within the Black Hills community and go to supporting the food and clothing distributions offered by The Salvation Army.

What should I expect during my shift?

Prepare for very cold conditions, so dress warm, warmer than you think you need to. You’ll be standing in one place for a couple hours, so your body won’t be able to generate as much heat as it would if you were moving.

Finally, how can I sign up?

You can sign up online or by giving The Salvation Army a call at 605-342-0982.

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