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Michigan City, IN
10/02/2020 01:18 PM

The Salvation Army of Michigan City is seeking bell ringers to help staff the iconic Red Kettles that will soon make an appearance around the city. Given the tremendous financial impact of COVID-19, The Salvation Army has set a lofty goal of $200,000 for this year’s Christmas campaign, and they are hopeful that community members will help by ringing bells this year.


There are two ways a person can become a bell ringer, according to Major Dale Simmons, who oversees the local Salvation Army office.


“Every year we employ a handful of paid bell ringers to help fill the gaps when we don’t have a volunteer to ring at a kettle,” Simmons said. “By doing this, we are able to supplement the income of someone who may need some extra money around the holidays; but we are also ensuring that our kettles will be staffed during the most crucial times of the season.”


Those interested in applying to become a staff bell ringer this season can visit The Salvation Army of Michigan City at 1201 S. Franklin Street during open application times: Monday, October 5 from 10am to 11:30am; Wednesday, October 7 from 5pm to 6pm; or Wednesday, October 28 from 5pm to 6pm. All applicants must bring a state-issued ID as well as a Social Security card (no copies) or birth certificate.


Also, any paid ringers who are hired must attend one of two orientation sessions at The Salvation Army on Wednesday, November 4, either at 10am or 4pm.


During the Rescue Christmas campaign, The Salvation Army will adhere to all social distancing guidelines, including the requirement of all bell ringers to wear masks or face coverings and gloves. Hand sanitizer will be available at all red kettle stands for volunteers throughout the season.


The Salvation Army has also made it easier to make digital gifts by adding a QR code to each kettle stand sign. Donors simply scan the code and make a virtual donation. All funds made digitally will remain in Michigan City.


Volunteer bell ringers can sign up now by visiting to select a kettle location, date and time.


“We always appreciate our volunteers – especially this year, which has been full of challenges,” Simmons said. “Thank you to everyone who has given of their time, talent and treasure to allow The Salvation Army to continue offering services to those in need. Thank you for helping us rescue Christmas this year.”


More information about bell ringing opportunities, as well as programs and services provided by The Salvation Army, is available by visiting, calling (219) 874-6885 or by following the Facebook page of The Salvation Army of Michigan City.

Jessica O'Brien
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