MINOT, N.D. - The first Realator Ring Day was in 2010, a tradition that began in the Peace Garden State.
“Getting people to go out and ring the bells, you know, sometimes that’s a challenge for them. We said, you know what, we have a lot of people that are very active in the community and want to help out. Why not get together and help to support the Salvation Army and raise that money,” said Corey Harvey, a real estate broker.
The fundraising event has now spread to 31 states.
“The reason we chose the Salvation Army is because they're just number 1 when it comes to helping out with homelessness. They help over 27,000 people every day, you know getting them shelter, getting them meals,” he said.
Here, realtors have raised $150,000 for the local Minot Salvation Army since 2010, but they've actually helped longer than that.
“It's been longer than that. I really don't know when it exactly started, I want to say 2003 in Minot. But it's been a long time,” he said.
The event isn't only for realtors, though. Mortgage, insurance, and title brokers join in as well.
Since 2010 the state of North Dakota has raised more than $400,000 for the Salvation Army, helping those in need during this festive time of year.
The campaign continues on Dec. 21 when realtors and their affiliates hold their annual Christmas party and auction, with those proceeds going to the Salvation Army as well.