Marysville officials came out to support the Marysville/Tulalip Salvation Army’s kettle bell-ringing kickoff on Dec. 3.
The day is meant to begin the bell-ringing outside of local stores that brings in funds for the Salvation Army.
“The funds help us teach our classes, run our programs and keep the cold weather shelter running during freezing nights. That is light and heat that we have to pay for,” said Jenny Roodzant, social services coordinator at the Marysville/Tulalip Salvation Army branch.
The branch provides meals and help to the homeless, as well as providing help to those who are struggling because of emergencies.
“We help people with their PUD [Snohomish Public Utility District] or PSE [Puget Sound Energy] bills,” said Roodzant. “These funds go to help us keep running throughout the year as well,"
City officials including Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and City Council member Mark James came to do some bell-ringing for the kickoff.
“This is really important to raise money for Salvation Army,” said Nehring.
“Particularly in Marysville, they’ve opened up their facility for our cold weather shelter this winter. For myself and Council member James that’s a big deal. That filled a big hole in the community,” Nehring said.
James said he appreciated how easy it was to donate or become involved with the organization.
“This is great that it happens on ‘Giving Tuesday,’” he said.
“It’s local and easy. You can help in different areas of the city and it’s easy to get involved and help out,” said James.
The local Salvation Army is still looking for people to help out with bell ringing this holiday season.
“The more people who can come out to volunteer the better,” said Roodzant.
They need volunteers specifically for local Haggen stores.
“They require that solicitors at their locations not be paid employees, so for those locations we absolutely need volunteers,” she said.
Bell-ringing is something the family can come down to do together for the holiday season, said Roodzant.
“When I was a kid we used to go out caroling, but there’s not so much of that kind of thing anymore,” she said. “You can come down to create good memories."
Businesses, organizations or other groups can also get together to help with bell-ringing.
“If you are from a business or an organization you can have your sign under our Salvation Army sign as well,” said Roodzant.
She said they typically try to schedule volunteers in two-hour increments, although they also take one-hour shifts.
In addition to Marysville, there are locations in Arlington, Smokey Point and Stanwood that need volunteers, said Roodzant.
Those who want to volunteer can call the Salvation Army office at 360-926-2228, said Roodzant.