Lynchburg Salvation Army in critical need of holiday volunteers

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The Lynchburg Salvation Army says they are in critical need for volunteer Bell Ringers to help with their Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season.

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Due to closings and adjustments in individual store policies, leaders say the Salvation Army has lost several key bell ringing locations that brought in more than $20,000 last year.

They say having volunteer bell ringers instead of paid ringers ensures that funds raised in the Red Kettle can be applied directly to local program needs. “One of the things we can do, the more volunteer bell ringers we have then we don’t have to pay workers to actually be out there. So that means we’re going to have more net revenue that we can bring back towards our organization and to the programs that we’re doing here that help the needy in our community," explained Tammy Shank, the Corps Director of Development at the Lynchburg Salvation Army.

Families and individuals of all ages are welcomed to ring with most choosing to ring in two-hour time slots, but time can be adjusted to accommodate groups and larger families.

If you would like more information regarding how you can volunteer or how to donate, please call 434-845-5939 or visit www.salvationarmylynchburg.org.