The iconic bell-ringers are out again for the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.
Today was the first day that the bell ringers stood in front of stores such as Sam’s Club, Kroger, Marsh and Walmart to raise money. Unlike other years, there were not enough volunteers. This year the Salvation Army is allocating 3 percent of their annual budget to pay workers.
“Things have been going pretty good, like I said it’s for the children,” said bell ringer William Douglas. “I talk to different people, tell them to have a nice day, be friendly with them. I worked last year and it really got cold last year, but today’s not bad. My personal goal is what I can do to make the children happy.”
The Salvation Army has set the goal for 2010 at $260,000 which is thirty percent of the money Salvation Army needs for the entire year.