Salvation Army in need of bell ringers

Organization looking for 150 - 200 volunteers

Sentinel photo by ERIN THOMPSON
The Salvation Army logo is seen displayed in a window at the Salvation Army building on Dorcas Street in Lewistown. The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to serve as bell ringers for the upcoming holiday season.

LEWISTOWN — The Salvation Army of Lewistown is seeking groups, individuals and families willing to volunteer as bell ringers to help raise funds for the organization.

“We’re only as good as the number of volunteers we have. We need them to make it run. The more volunteers … the more money we can push back into the community.”

Throughout the season, which lasts Nov. 29 to Dec. 24, the organization will need between 150 and 200 volunteers, said Maj. Fred Clark, a core officer with The Salvation Army. “But really, we need as many people as we can get.”

The goal this year is to raise $60,000, with all proceeds going back into the community. Funds are used to purchase items for the food pantry that operates year round, to help pay for rental assistance and to pay the organization’s normal operating expenses, said Clarke.

Bell ringers are needed to stand, preferably in two-hour increments, outside Walmart in Lewistown and J.C. Penney in Burnham 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

This year, volunteers will be able to accept donation via Google or Apple Pay.

The organization is also open to volunteers to sort toys and distribute food baskets.

For information on how to become a bell ringer, email frederick.clarke@use.salvationarmy.org, call (717) 248-8338, or stop by the Lewistown location, 9 S. Dorcas St.