Salvation Army Bell Ringer

MINOT, N.D. - In many stores across the Magic city you might see the holiday bell ringers out collecting donation.

A gold bell and a red kettle. That can only mean one thing, it's the Holidays and the Salvation Army has their volunteers out and about.

"I'd have to say it's a pretty steady thing with people coming through. Whether it's change, whether it's bills, whatever they know what it is for,” said Jim Collins a bell ringer.

The tradition of the Salvation Army's kettle dates back to Liverpool, England, in the 1800's.

"At ports, when the sailors would come in off ships there would be a pot for the poor and the needy,” says Randy Stahl, Salvation Army captain.

For almost a decade, retired principle Collins volunteers for more than 100 hours each year.

"I started doing it just for something to do. I started seeing people that I hadn't seen since they were kids in the school where I worked. And now they are adults and I get to see them,” said Jim Collins.

Although the Salvation Army has great volunteers, Captain Stahl says it's not enough.

"There is like 3,000 hours that need to be filled for the whole six weeks,” said Randy Stahl.

So far the Salvation Army only has a thousand hours filled, and bell ringing their biggest fundraisers of the year.

"We are trying to raise $120,000 in our kettles alone,” said Randy Stahl.

Helping those in the community during the holiday season.

All the money raised in the kettles stays local to help Minot families in need. If you would like to volunteer as a bell ringer, they need more help go to