Wilkes-Barre Salvation Army Needs Christmas Bell Ringers

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WILKES-BARRE -- It's one of the busiest times of the year for the Salvation Army in Wilkes-Barre. It's getting ready to start its kettle campaign, when volunteers ring bells and collect money to provide holiday meals and gifts to  families in need.

To make that happen, a lot more bell ringers are needed.

“We've had I think a big increase in the people that we signed up for collections this year. So more families have come up to us to receive toys and food for the Christmas season,” said Lt. Oziel Urbaez of the Salvation Army.

The bell ringing tradition with those red kettles is the most recognizable fundraising effort for the Salvation Army. But not just anybody can do this work.

“They have to be energetic. It might be cold at times, but it's for a good cause,” he said.

“I know that the money is spent for the community and it does help people during Christmas,” said Cecilia Golightly, a volunteer bell ringer.

All the money that the Wilkes-Barre Salvation Army raises stays in Wilkes-Barre to help the community. If you want to be a bell ringer, you can call 570-824-8741.


  • Bob from Plains.

    I will have to do my Christmas shopping in May next year. The Halloween decorations aren’t even put away and we are talking bell ringers ??? I love the Salvation Army, but come on, wait til Black Friday.

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