Just like decorations and cold weather – it wouldn’t be the holiday season without bells ringing. The Salvation Army of Bloomington hope they remind shoppers of another important holiday tradition, giving.
Peter Iversen, Community Relations Coordinator: “This year it is a little more difficult to find people to bell ring. Every year we need more and more people. It’s a great activity, it’s a fun family activity, it’s great for offices.”
Donations are used to buy food and toys to about 740 families in Monroe County.
Iversen, “When you put in your pocket change, when you put in that dollar bill, when you put in 5, 10, whatever you put in, that money stays right here.”
Those handfuls of change equal to about 120-thousand dollars. At least that’s how much they hope those red kettles will bring in. And they’re still looking for help.
Iversen, “Most often what I hear, is that I never expected, I never expected people would be so friendly, I never expected this would be so much fun. A lot of what we tell our bell ringers is just have fun with this, wear a Santa hat, sing some songs, play an instrument, but also try and say Merry Christmas to everyone.”