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Brownwood Salvation Army in need of bell ringers for holiday season

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 11 2013 09:23:41 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 11 2013 09:34:50 PM CST
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

The holiday season is approaching and it's almost time for the Salvation Army's biggest fundraiser of the year--kettle bell ringing.

Salvation Army director Donna Harris said she needs volunteers to help ring bells and ask shoppers for donations starting on Black Friday throughout the evening of Christmas Eve.

Kettles will be stationed around town. Some of the more prominent locations include outside of Kroger and Brookshire's grocery stores, Walmart and the Heartland Mall, as well as local businesses.

"This year we're trying something new," Harris said. "We have little kettles inside places so people can donate through there too."

According to Harris, you can find them at The Red Wagon restaurant, Section Hand Steakhouse, and the Hideout golf course.

She said the goal is to raise at least $65,000, which would go toward the organization's services, like providing meals for the soup kitchen, and rent and utilities.

However, Harris said ringing bells goes beyond raising money. 

"It's not the amount of the money. That will never be important. It's the feeling from the heart, knowing that they can be a part of something that's bigger than any of us can ever be. We need to be teaching our young ones what it's like to be a part of giving. You don't get the opportunity every day to touch people's lives like this."

If you're interested in volunteering, call Harris at (325) 646-5369. You can also visit the Salvation Army to pick up an application.