Salvation Army Seeking Bellringers

September 27, 2013 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 5:50 PM EDT

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Salvation Army Seeking Bellringers

September 27, 2013 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 5:50 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Those famous bell ringers known the world over for standing next to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles during the eight weeks prior to Christmas are in short supply this year. 

The jingle of the bell and a warm friendly smile help to solicit donations from passersby. 

“People feel a little awkward at first, but once they get a couple donations, a smile and a cheery hello, the experience is amazing,” says Annmarie Taft, Community Relations manager.

Major Thomas Applin, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Buffalo says, “The funds we raise at the kettles help us to operate our programs and services throughout the year. Volunteers to 'stand' at kettles are down this year. Donations from the Red Kettle campaign are down by more than 18%.  If you can give the gift of time, even two hours, we would be very grateful.” 

Call Billie Unger, the Director of Development at The Salvation Army at (716) 888-6213, if you, your family, your school or church group, company or social club would like to be bell ringers.