The Salvation Army needs bell ringers

Every November and December the Salvation Army seeks volunteers to ring bells at various locations to catch the attention of shoppers willing to donate money. During the holidays, the Salvation Army focuses on collecting donations to help people on a national and international basis.

Most people are familiar with the organization’s name, but do not always know what it is the organization does. The short answer to that is: A lot. The Salvation Army is a non-profit organization that provides charitable assistance to people in every zip code in the United States, as well as in 127 countries across the globe. In the U.S. alone, it helps approximately 30 million people in need. In 2015, the organization reported that their help in the U.S. included providing “58.4 million meals, nightly shelter for 10.8 million people, treatment for 200,000 people in 142 rehabilitation facilities, more than 400 after-school programs, and immediate and long-term assistance following disasters to 382,000 people”. They have been helping people for 150 years.

The organization has an extraordinary impact on the communities it serves and you can be a part of that. In November, until Christmas Eve, the Salvation Army asks people to donate time and ring a bell at a collection location on behalf of the organization in what is known as Red Kettle events. You have almost certainly seen others do this in front of grocery stores and other locations, but you may not have realized they could use your assistance too.

The national website for the Salvation Army is here. To read more about all the ways the organization and its volunteers help people click here.

If you live in the Manchester, NH region you may learn about volunteer opportunities on their own website or you may call 603-627-7013 to find out how and where you can help.

The Nashua, NH Salvation Army website is here.

If you do not have enough time to ring a bell you have the option of making a donation via the organization’s website.