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Salvation Army looking for bell ringers

 

November 15, 2017 | View PDF

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Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, left, Mel Sheldon Jr. of the Tulalip Tribes, center, and Salvation Army Lt. Col. Harold Brodin at last year's Salvation Army's kettle kick off for the holiday season on Nov. 18, 2016.

The Marysville/Tulalip branch of the Salvation Army will kick off their bell ringing fundraising efforts on Nov. 17 and is hoping to attract more volunteers for this year.

The Salvation Army's red kettles outside of stores, with accompanying bell ringers, are an annual marker of the holiday season.

Local fundraising begins on Nov. 17 at the Marysville Fred Meyer at 10 a.m.

Community leaders plan to come out during the day and help ring the bell as well, including Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring at 10 a.m.

Marysville City Council members including Stephen Mueller and Michael Stevens, and Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce president Jesica Stickles are also scheduled to attend.

"This is to kick off our annual red kettle campaign fundraiser," said Lt. Stephanie Galindo, who is with the local Salvation Army.

"It is the biggest contributor to provide our funds that give direct assistance to community members," she said.

The Salvation Army provides many programs which support local individuals, including funding bills during tough times for families.

"If someone has their income go from two jobs to one job, people can lose their spouse or lose their job which typically causes financial crisis," she said.

"We could be helping with a utility bill or with rent," she said.

The funds collected at the red kettles also help to provide money for the Salvation Army's other programs such as Meals of Hope, which provides meals for local individuals in need.

The Nov. 17 kick off is meant to begin "our fundraiser and to recognize the start of the Christmas season," said Galindo, and is also meant to highlight the need for help.

"We really rely on volunteers this time of year," she said.

Volunteers can help with bell ringing and greeting people at stores or look at the other opportunities available online.

Those interested can visit volunteer.usawest.org to see local options for volunteers.

Many of the options do not require a large investment of time.

"Bellringing is just a two-hour commitment," said Galindo.

If groups, clubs or businesses also want to sponsor a bell ringing site for the day, their logo can be included on the kettle's sign as well, said Galindo.

Galindo said that many people enjoy getting out into the community this time of year.

"It helps spread the Christmas spirit by connecting with a lot of the people that are passing by," she said. "Once they start they usually make it a family tradition."

Those who want more information on local opportunities should call the Marysville/Tulalip Salvation Army at 360-926-2228.

 

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