Starting today, you will begin to hear the ringing of bells and the sound of coins dropping into the familiar red kettles in front of local businesses. The 2014 Holiday Bell Ringing Season kicks off today for the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army provides financial support to families in danger of losing their place to live; families unable to pay their utility bills, drop-in centers for families and homeless citizens that have no place to go, a cold weather shelter for homeless citizens, and a temporary residential facility for families in need that allows them to get back on their feet when facing seemingly insurmountable circumstances. They also provide resources to fight alcoholism, illiteracy, and summer day camps, for children.
Advisory Board President, Monte East, says last year bell ringers raised over 80,000 dollars to support local Salvation Army programs. At Thursday’s Kick-Off event members were asked to recruit ringers to help raise the money this year. Grass Valley Vice Mayor Jason Fouyer has never been a ringer before, but is willing to rally his council for the cause.*
Mayor Dan Miller, has contributed to the bell before, and is now willing to step up to be a ringer.
Nevada County icon, Lowell Robinson, is being worked on by his friend Monte East, and is learning more about the Salvation Army and how he might contribute.
Board member Ron Cherry has been an active ringer for many years and is doing it again this year.
Marcia Saulter and Tina Vernon from the county are also on the advisory board. Saulter is a bell ringer every year.
This year the media bell ringing challenge returns.. as KNCO and Star 94 staff will compete against the Union Newspaper staff to see which team can raise the most money.
If you wish to volunteer to be a ringer or form a team to help, contact Lts. Sid and Reyna Salcido at the Salvation Army.