By Patricia Jones, Alliance Community Task Force:
"The ringing of The Salvation Army bell is not just a sound of a bell. It's the sound of curing hunger, the sound of Christmas to a child in need, the sound of a safe place for our neighbors to sleep. It is the sound of help, hope, and comfort to our neighbors when they need it most during the holidays and beyond." -The Salvation Army.
With the holiday season comes the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign. Volunteers - lots of volunteers - are needed to be Bell Ringers. Bell Ringers make a major difference in how much money is collected for the programs the Salvation Army funds. 90% of the funds received will stay in Box Butte County.
Volunteers can sign up to ring bells online at RegisterToRing.com or by calling Jessica Manion at 308-763-2167.
Volunteers should greet people and be gracious, even with those who choose not to give. Don't ask people to put money in the kettle; just make it easy for them to do so!
The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign for Box Butte County will begin earlier this year: the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The campaign starts November 21st and runs through December 24th. Volunteers are needed to ring bells in both Alliance and Hemingford.
In Alliance, there are three kettle locations: Grocery Kart, Bomgaars, and Carter’s Home, Hardware & Appliance. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday from 11:00 – 1:00 pm, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, and 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
In Hemingford, volunteers ring bells at Raben’s Market on Friday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and on Saturday from 11:00 – 1:00 pm.
The Salvation Army will have miniature Red Counter Kettles (no bell ringers) that will be located at J&J's Pitstop, Git'N Split, Grocery Kart Alcohol, and Raben’s Liquor.
Donations may also be dropped off at FBNO in Alliance, or people can donate online at RegisterToRing.com by clicking Donate Now. Just like Red Kettle donations, these donations stay local. Checks should be made payable to The Salvation Army.
Red kettle donations directly impact the lives of our neighbors by helping them in their time of need. The funds raised by Salvation Army bell ringers make a year-round impact to our community through grocery, prescription, utility, motel, and medical gas voucher assistance, as well as emergency services and stranded motorist assistance.