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Salvation Army Bell Ringing Starts Fri., Nov. 29TH • 8 A.M.

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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 5:00 pm

The Salvation Army needs 530 Bell ringers for this season. The Washington County Unit of The Salvation Army kicked off its Bell Ringing Campaign and started scheduling bell ringing on November 7th, 2019. This year they will have 31 ringing days, they do NOT ring on Sundays in observance of the Sabbath. The hours they ring are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on most days, so they need more volunteers to ring their two hour time slots. If for some reason you can’t give two hours to help your community by ringing the bell, you can mail check donations to The Salvation Army, Potosi WA CO TSA, P.O. Box 35, Potosi, MO 63664

This campaign will raise money for families in Washington County to be used throughout the coming year. For every dollar put in the kettles 85% of that dollar is used for medicine, deposits, medical  transportation, rent, burn outs and other emergencies, when funding is available, 10% of that dollar is used for national disasters and 5% of that dollar is used for operating cost. The Salvation Army is well known for its red kettles and friendly Bell Ringers found during the holiday season each year. Bell Ringers will be at the Potosi Walmart Monday thru Saturday at various times, Friday, November 23rd through Monday, December 24th. Please contact TSA today, to schedule your time to ring.

In 2015 the donations from community raised enough money to help with several local projects.

Two hundred vouchers were written which assisted 110 men, 181 women, 273 children total family members assisted 563.

Local Washington County service units records go back to 1996 through 2015 local donations totals have been increasing annually. The grand total for 20 years is $141,834.47. This was all done by dedicated volunteers and very generous community donations of money and time. Thank you and God Bless everyone!

The TSA Mission-

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet the human needs in His name without discrimination.

Copyright © 2013 The Salvation Army

We are kicking off the kettle season on November 23, 2018, at 8 a.m. the campaign will run until Christmas Eve at Noon. We would like to invite you to be a part of this year’s Christmas Red Kettle Campaign by helping to staff the outside kettles at Walmart. Please wear appropriate clothing to stay warm, during your two hours of ringing. Volunteer Bell Ringers are needed Monday through Saturday usually between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (we do not ring on Sundays). If you are able to volunteer to help us out please contact, Eddie 573-438-3882 to schedule your time to ring at the kettles in our community.

Instructions For Salvation Army Bell Ringers

1. Dress warmly. Anticipate the weather changing as the day goes on.

2. Please do not block store pedestrian traffic.

3. Stand beside or behind the kettle; not in front of it.

4. Don’t ring bell so loud that it becomes irritating.

5. Smile and acknowledge people with a greeting. If you are a female, greet the females first. If you are a male, greet the male first.

6. Please be courteous, polite, and respectful to others at all times.

7. You do not handle the money. Please ask them to deposit it in the kettle. You may assist a child by tilting the pole down so they can reach the kettle.

8. If they want to do a check, please ask them to put for Potosi Mo. Wash. Co. on the memo line of the check, so the money will come back to the County.

9. Do not ever leave kettle unattended. If a problem arises please immediately contact Eddie Strauser at (573) 438-3882.

10. Please make sure there is an adult present with all children while they are ringing the bell. Parents may bring their children when ringing.

Smile and feel good about yourself because you are helping others by volunteering to do this wonderful deed!!!!

To schedule your time to ring the bell please call: Eddie Strauser 573-438-3882.

Would you like to become a Service Unit Member? Go ahead and ask your question? “You say what does a member do?”

1. Have fun ringing the bell!

2. Sometimes you may get to even count money!

3. You attend a few meetings, some even have food!

4. Locally attend the volunteer appreciation day!

5. Recruit your friends and family to ring the bell with you!

6. Attend special events and represent your service unit!

7. Once a year attend The Salvation Army annual service extension training summit at Camp Mihaska.

8. Again, having fun while helping your community members in need!

If this sounds like something you would like to donate some time too, please just ask one of our members, or officers how you can become a member?

If you or your organization would like to assist with the bell ringing, volunteer Bell Ringers are definitely needed. If your business or organization would like to challenge another group to see who can ring the most hours. Please call Eddie 438-3882 to schedule your two hour time to ring.

Eddie Strauser, Bell Ringing Coordinator

Volunteer board members are always greatly needed.

Do you have just two hours a week to spend to help out the people of YOUR Washington County community?

Have you gotten help yourself and would like an opportunity to give back to The Salvation Army?

Do you have children that you would like to teach to be community minded?

Are you elderly, young, bored and always said you would do what you could to help a neighbor?

You DO NOT have to belong to The Salvation Army to ring the bell and help out your community.

The Bell Ringing will start the day after Thanksgiving and run thru Noon Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2018 at Potosi Walmart Supercenter.

The money collected is NOT used for Christmas since there are other agencies doing toys and food. The funds will be used throughout next year for medicines, deposits, medical and dental office visits, rent, burnouts and other local emergencies.

Please call Eddie at 438-3882 to schedule your time to ring.

The “Little Kettles” are out and collection has begun. Look for the familiar small red kettles of the Salvation Army at Shortstop’s, Gulf in Potosi, Hoot’s, Brown’s, Casey’s, Austin Plaza Pharmacy, Express Mart, Pharmax Pharmacy, Save-A-Lot, Family Steak House, Potosi License Office, Dashing Doe, Huddle House, Black Bird Cafe, Dollar General in Potosi, Subway, Country Mart, Little Caesars, B&M Quick Stop, Bearfoot Cafe, Dos Primos, Sewing by Sue, Miss Kim & Co., Blue Haven in Irondale, Roy’s in Hopewell, Country Chef Smokehouse, Old Village Mercantile, Vintage Charm, Dairy Queen, Quilting by Janet, Reed’s Relics and Ole Crow’s Nest.

Another way to donate is #OURTOWN. Simply text OURTOWN to 41444 to contribute to Salvation Army programs in our area.

For every dollar collected through donation, 85¢ stays in Washington County to help someone in need. Thanks to all the volunteers and donors and “Merry Christmas”!

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