Salvation Army rings in shopping season

Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter

December 2, 2013

The bells are ringing.

Volunteers for the Salvation Army took to the malls and big box stores over the busiest holiday shopping season of the year.

Outside of the Elkin Walmart, volunteers handled both entrances trying to draw attention to their kettle.

Christmas kettle is The Salvation Army’s most famous street campaign. It is most recognized during the Christmas season through its volunteers who stand outside of businesses and play or sing Christmas carols, or ring bells to inspire passersby to place donations of cash and checks inside the trademark red kettles.

According to the organization, the campaign helps provide food, toys, shelter and clothes to 6 million people during the holiday season and helps millions more recover from disasters nationwide.

“I am going to ring the bells until Christmas Eve. I am not stopping,” said Kenneth Medwin of Jonesville. “I do this for a cause. It’s just to help people out. People have no homes. People are hungry. People have bills.”

According to Medwin, he has been ringing bells for 15-years.

“I am going to keep ringing the bell in hopes that it reminds people of the unfortunate and inspires them to donate,” he said.

The Salvation Army’s bell-ringing campaign runs through Christmas Eve.

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