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Salvation Army expresses need for more bell ringers

Riche Garza

The Jackson County Salvation Army has a big goal they are trying to reach, but cannot get there without the help of more holiday bell ringers.

Major Jason Koenig, who is the Salvation Army coordinator for Jackson County, said the donations from bell ringing help their Christmas assistance services in which 500 local families in need are given food and toys for the holidays.

Koenig said the organizations is having difficulty in fill volunteer positions for bell ringers in recent years, but this year is especially lacking.

“Usually like last year, we would have an average of 14 to 18 doors covered now,” Koenig said. “A few days ago, we only had eight people. That day of only having 8 people, when you compare it to the exact day last year, we lost one thousand dollars."

He said the Salvation Army has been able to get less than 15 bell ringers a day throughout both Jackson and Josephine counties, with more than 34 different locations in Jackson County alone.

Koenig said they would like to hire an estimated 60 bell ringers during the holiday season.

If you would like to volunteer as a bell ringer, you can find out more information on how to get involved on their website.

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