Salvation Army Bells to ring starting Thursday

Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska (CAPWN) has teamed up with The Salvation Army again this year for the annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign which will kick-off on Thanksgiving and ring through Christmas.

"This is the 122nd year for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign," CAPWN Community Bridges Director Jennifer Rogers said. "It will be the 14th year in the Scottsbluff/Gering area."

The bells will ring at Wal-Mart, Kmart, Safeway, and Panhandle Coop's Main Street Market in Scottsbluff and at Fresh Foods in Gering.

"We are focusing mostly on ringing Friday and Saturday at all four locations," Rogers add. "However, the bells will also ring at other times depending on how many bell ringing volunteers we get this year."
The bells will start ringing at Wal-Mart Thanksgiving evening from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Last year the campaign brought in $35,188.24 with the help of 378 volunteers who rang for 848 hours.

"I think we can raise even more this year," Bell Ringing Coordinator John Randall said.

Ninety percent of all the money raised will stay in the area to help people in need through temporary shelter stays for homeless families, food needs, rent and utility assistance to keep people inside and warm during the winter, and other special projects throughout the year.

"This is a great example of our community coming together to help those who need it the most," Rogers said.

If anyone or a group would like to volunteer to ring the bells they are encouraged to call Jennifer Rogers or CAPWN Community Bridges Assistant Director Carmen Trevino at 308-635-3089.

"If you ring one time you will be hooked," Randall, who has rung for the last 13 years, added.

Whether you ring or not "we encourage you to give," Rogers said.

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