Got a couple of hours to kill? Want to help neighbors and others who are in need?

The Salvation Army has just the thing.

Bell ringers are needed for the upcoming fundraiser which benefits local people throughout the year. This year, there’s even a new way to sign up.

"We have a web site, www.registertoring.com, where you can sign up, find Dodge City and schedule a time to ring," Lt. Christine Coreano said. "It makes things easier for those who want to volunteer, but aren’t sure of their schedules.

"Plus, you can set up text reminders of when you are ringing and, if unable to do so, a way to text Lt. Enrique Coreano to let him know you can’t make it."

Of course, if you’d rather call and schedule a time to ring a bell, that’s acceptable as well.

"Every dollar we raise in the red kettles goes to help local families," Coreano said. "We really want to make sure people know this."

The annual Kettle Kickoff will be Nov. 22 with full-scale efforts starting on Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving.

"These are great for church groups who want to volunteer, or school groups," Coreano said. "We encourage individuals and groups to come out and help other members of the community."

The Salvation Army has already begun taking applications for a Christmas food basket and Angel Tree programs.

"Our final application day is next Friday, Nov. 17," Coreano said."We will be taking applications from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. that day.

"After that Friday, applicants will be put on a waiting list."

The Salvation Army is located at 1100 Avenue E in Dodge City.

"We due the red kettle fundraiser every year," Coreano said. "It’s our biggest one of the year and the one where all the money stays locally to help those in need.

"We ask for everyone to contact us and volunteer a couple of hours ringing a bell."

 

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