Ring a bell

  • BellringerHowTo

    From Black Friday through Christmas Eve each year, The Salvation Army rings bells outside local stores as part of our largest fundraiser of the year. The Red Kettle Campaign provides food and shelter for the homeless, assists with utilities and medicines for needy families, and supports our Christmas programs for the Central Arkansas area.

    The Salvation Army seeks volunteers (individuals and teams) to adopt our kettle locations each year. It’s never too early to start organizing your bell ringing team! In fact, our Kettle Committee meets year-round. Feel free to contact us at 501-374-9296 to express interest in adopting a kettle location.

    This volunteer opportunity works most smoothly when a team or a family adopts a minimum of four consecutive hours at a kettle, and team members take turns relieving each other in shifts. At the beginning of your shift, a Salvation Army representative will meet you on location with the bell, apron, and kettle. The representative will also relieve the team member ringing the last shift in order to collect the kettle and other materials. Please feel free to bring a friend… Sing carols… Have fun!!!

    Don’t forget to set up your Online Red Kettle:

    The Salvation Army’s Online Red Kettle is available from November through January each year. This tool is easily integrated into blogs and Facebook pages and also allows participants to manage their virtual kettle through a free iPhone application. This is a great way to promote your team’s bell ringing activities. When you announce to your friends on Facebook or any other social network that you are ringing the bell for The Salvation Army, you can also include a link to your virtual kettle where your friends can support your team.

    If you are interested in volunteering at the Red Kettle, please contact 501-374-9296.