Salvation Army in need of Red Kettle Campaign bell ringers; here’s how to register


Bell Ringers7RAPID CITY, S.D. – The time of year has returned when you see smiling faces and hear bells ringing outside some stores for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign.

And being a bell ringer is something anyone can register for, and Maj. Jerry O’Neil, Black Hills Area Coordinator for the Salvation Army, says that they are still needing volunteers.

“It’s just a great opportunity because you see people who are going out and supporting and helping their fellow neighbors. When we all do what we can do in our little tiny corner of the world and we do something to help our neighbors, it just is a great opportunity,” he said. “Folks will go away from this experience feeling blessed and happy. They’ll feel like they’ve made a significant contribution to helping the folks in their communities. It’s a great opportunity for you to give, but you’ll receive as well this time of year.”

How to register

O’Neil says that it’s a very easy sign up process.

You can visit, and fill out the necessary information to sign up. You will also receive a confirmation email.

Another way to sign up is by calling the Rapid City office at (605) 342-0982 and ask for Angie Mason, the event and volunteer coordinator.

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You can also scan the QR code in the image to register.

The volunteer shifts

The volunteer shifts that people can sign up for are two-hour shifts.

Individuals can also register for different shifts on different days.

If you’re volunteering your family or company, you can schedule the group for a full day and rotate people throughout the day.

It’s suggested to dress warm, or to at least bring layers for if it does cool down during your shift.

Locations in Rapid City

  • Safeway – Mountain View Road, Mount Rushmore Road
  • Walmart – Stumer Road, LaCrosse Street
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Family Fare Supermarket – Mountain View Road, St. Patrick Street
  • Cabela’s
  • Sam’s Club
  • Scheels
  • Runnings
  • Boyd’s – Mountain View Road
  • JC Penney
  • Fleet Farm

Other locations in the area

  • Runnings – Belle Fourche
  • Lynn’s Dakotamart – Custer
  • Lynn’s Dakotamart – Lead
  • Bomgaars – Spearfish
  • Safeway – Spearfish
  • Walgreens – Spearfish
  • Walmart – Spearfish

Why be a bell ringer?

“The stories. The Salvation Army has touched so many people that they’ll come in and tell you stories about how they help,” Mike Kangas, volunteer bell ringer, said. “One guy in Minneapolis came up to me and he said, ‘I hate you.’ And I said, ‘OK, why do you hate me?’ And he said, ‘Well, Salvation Army helped our family after we had a major emergency. They gave us Christmas presents and Christmas dinner. So, now whenever I hear that bell I have to give money.’ And then he started to smile. So, the great things that the Salvation Army does, it’s truly amazing.”

Some of the stories you come away with are heartwarming as well.

“I had a little girl empty her piggy back into this (the kettle). And if that doesn’t make you smile. Their mom and dad with their child put money in the pot so they learn to give,” Kangas said. “There’s nothing better. Just come out of it and your heart is just full.”

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