Bell ringers needed for the holidays

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By The Staff

In an effort to raise money for needy families in Los Alamos, the Salvation Army is seeking volunteers who want to help by being bell ringers.
Bert Dennis and Tom Marshall have volunteered as bell ringers and Kevin Kennedy has been busy organizing the bell ringers at Smith’s Food and Drug Center in White Rock, but more help is needed.
Betty Ehart Senior Center Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Director Irene Powell has been working on getting volunteers for the Smith’s on the Hill.  
“We want to keep ringing those bells until Christmas Eve but we need more help,” Powell said.  “If you want to do a one or two-hour shift on Fridays between the hours of 4-6 p.m. or Saturdays and Sundays with shifts starting at 10 a.m. and going until 6 p.m., please call either Kevin or me.”
Families are invited to ring the bell and Powell said it’s a good way for children to learn how to do volunteer work and help their fellow man. Teens are also welcome to volunteers. They can make it fun by getting friends to work with them.
“If you are band member, play your instruments,” Powell said. She also said that Salvation Army bands used to play, and probably still do in larger towns.
Those who don’t have money this year to donate to help needy families can donate time by ringing the bell. All the money collected in the buckets stays in Los Alamos to help families who can’t pay their bills. With the present economic situation, that number has increased.
Their needs are filtered through Self Help and then the money is carefully administrated.  
“From small change to checks, it all makes a difference in someone’s life,” Powell said.
Those who wish to donate through a check can drop checks into the buckets, made out to Salvation Army/Los Alamos. The checks go into an account at Los Alamos National Bank. If it’s more convenient, donors can also drop their checks off at the bank.  
“Ringing the bell will make this season special for you as well has those you are helping. Thank you!” Powell said.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Kennedy at 672-1886 or Powell at 663-8923.