WILLISTON, N.D. - Bells are ringing, and the Salvation Army needs more volunteers to do so for their seven Red-Kettle Campaign locations in Williston.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until December 24, you can sign up to encourage others to donate. There are still a lot of spots open, especially on week-days. Salvation Army Lieutenant Rachel Irvine says they need as many helpers as they can get.
Irvine said, “The more volunteers means the more money that goes directly into the community. That is able to help us do what we do: feed people, to house them, to help them get clothing, especially now with it being important for people to have warm clothing. The red-kettle campaign is our main fundraiser and it helps us do what we do all year long, not just at Christmas.”
It’s the time of giving, and one local business has been doing it for years. For two days straight, American State Bank employees are taking turns ringing bells downtown at J.C. Penny. Loan Operations Officer Lindsey Johnson says she doesn’t want local families, especially children, to be in need.
Johnson said, “It’s not the children’s fault, it might not even be the parents’ fault, so for children to be able to receive Christmas gifts or a warm hot meal, it truly warms my heart.”
Something that’s new this year in Williston allows you to give if you don’t have cash on hand. A Q-R code and a “bump” at each bell-ringing and counter-top station will take you right to their secure website for online donations, as long as you have a smart-phone.