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Salvation Army in Odessa in Dire Need of Bell Ringers

 By: Alexa Williams

NewsWest 9

ODESSA: The Red Kettle Campaign is underway for the Salvation Army, but you might not be seeing those bell ringers as much this year. The Salvation Army said they're in dire need for volunteers for their biggest fundraiser of the year.

"We definitely need bell ringers. Right now I only have eight. I have fourteen locations and we usually hire double to triple," Joe Contreras, The Commanding Officer for the Salvation Army, said.

The Red Kettle Campaign is the Salvation Army's biggest fundraiser of the year. But with a shortage of friendly faces ringing those bells, the Salvation Army in Odessa could potentially not raise enough money that they need year-round. 

"If I don't have anyone out there to stand and ring the bell and take money in then that's less money that we have to give out to the community with our food program and shelter," Contreras said.

Not all bell ringers are volunteers. People can apply for a paid position, but Contreras said the more volunteers the better. "Maybe a Sunday school class can take a day and take two hour shifts and just cover a day for us and it's huge when the community does that."

If you or your organization would like to help call 432-332-0738 or head to your local Salvation Army.  

And remember this holiday season, when you see a friendly bell ringer, help donate. Every penny counts. 

"Every bit helps. It adds up and it's huge," Contreras said.
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