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Bell Ringer Shortage

'Tis the season for the Red Kettle campaign. Bell ringers are setting up shop out front of stores across the country, including here in Northeastern PA, but the need for your help is greater than years past.
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County - 'Tis the season for the Red Kettle campaign.  Bell ringers are setting up shop out front of stores across the country, including here in Northeastern PA, but the need for your help is greater than years past.  The Salvation Army of Wyoming Valley's goal this year is $130,000.  It sounds like a lot, but broken down that's only $4,000 a day spread throughout 23 kettles.  Now, they need your help to make that happen.

It's a familiar sound and an even more familiar sight, The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign is underway for the holiday season.  Lt. Ted Tressler, who runs the local Salvation Army, says "volunteering at the kettle is always a great support or donating at the kettle as well."  Over the past year Lt. Tressler says the Salvation Army had to cut back on the services they provide because their donations didn't add up.  "Last year we missed our kettle goal by about $40 thousand and that really does hamper the services that we can provide to the community," he says.

So far this year it's the volunteers that don't add up.  Lt. Tressler explains "there are many locations where we simply don't have a kettle stand where we actually could and what that means is less income."  The need is just as great now as years past.  He says one social worker told him she has at least a half a dozen families in per week asking for help and says "she is speaking with a half a dozen families a day where the moms are usually sitting here in tears because they have never had to ask for help before."

So what does it take to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army?  We found Dennis Kramer ringing a bell outside of the K-Mart in Edwardsville and asked him.  Kramer, of Shickshinny, says "I'm widowed, live alone, and have a lot of time on my hands and I may have problems, but there is always someone out there worse off than I am."  A simple ring of a bell and a few hours a week during the holiday season can make the holiday season that much better for those in need.  Kramer says "I try to donate my time every year to ring a bell."  The need for volunteers is greater than ever.  If you're interested in volunteering click here.
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