Salvation Army seeks bell ringers for holiday campaign

Volunteers needed through Dec. 24

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 16, 2018 – The Salvation Army Tiffin Citadel kicked off their annual Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Friday, November 9, and are seeking volunteers to assist with the campaign as kettle bell ringers through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018. The Salvation Army uses the donations made during the holiday season throughout the entire year to feed, shelter, and provide basic assistance to people in need.

Salvation Army Ministry Assistant James Eller is coordinating volunteers this holiday season. “We have many small counter kettles around the community that help us to reach our goal however, most of our donations come from standing kettles with good ringers,” he said.

Kettle stands are set up 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily, with volunteers taking two-hour or more shifts. Groups can also sign up to be responsible for staffing a location with volunteers for the day covering multiple shifts. This arrangement is ideal for student groups, church youth groups, community clubs, or even a family that wants to ring together. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and teens between the ages of 16 and 18 must ring in pairs or groups.

The Salvation Army values every member of the community and a volunteer should display this through warm greetings at the door and overall kindness to everyone that walks by. Volunteers are expected to smile and be approachable. For volunteers who cannot stand outside, there are a few locations that allow ringers to stand inside. Volunteers are asked to stand as much as possible if they are able, but chairs can be provided for those who are older or have the inability to stand for long periods. Volunteers are permitted to take short bathroom breaks, and if ringing for more than three hours, to have a lunch/meal break as well.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz encourages those who are able to volunteer. “The Salvation Army provides vital services to the community year-round,” he said. “Assisting with the Kettle Campaign is a great way to give back.”

To schedule days to ring, call 567-220-6317 and speak with James Eller, the Ministry Assistant and Kettle Coordinator.