You know the sound all too well – the Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell ringers.
There are just two days left in the Red Kettle Campaign, and there are still has roughly 100 volunteers per day ringing bells at 50 local businesses in the hopes of reaching their goal.
But behind every bell is a story – a volunteer, giving their time for a reason.
Yevette Jackson has been a bell ringer for 13 years. The Red Kettle Campaign has a special place in her heart
“I’ve been doing this for so long for the Salvation Army,” Jackson said. “They have helped me so, I always said when I was able to, I would go back and help them.”
After the Salvation Army helped her family with meals and gifts, especially around the holidays, she knew she could help others in need. But her work doesn’t stop with the Red Kettle Campaign.
“I volunteer for church groups, I sign people up for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets,” said Jackson. “Every Wednesday when I’m not doing this I’m giving out bread and stuff at another church, so I do a lot of volunteering.”
It may not seem enjoyable to stand in the cold, ringing the bell, waiting for hours on end. But for Yevette, it’s become a tradition she just couldn’t give up.
“I’m here most of the time from 10 to 8. I’ve been at this store for the last six years. So I know a lot of the customers and they know me,” she said. “Sometimes I’ll be inside and they’ll come looking for me. They just love to see me standing there, knowing that I’m there.”
Despite a more than $84,000 deficit from this time last year, kettle bell ringers like Yevette say they’ll work every minute to reach their goal.
To help donate to the Red Kettle Campaign, click here.