It's hard to find volunteers to ring the bell for the Salvation Army. So this year they're paying people but it's people who really need the help.
The Salvation Army has 23 red kettle locations in the Roanoke area.
One of those is outside the Kroger store at Tanglewood Mall. The man ringing the bell calls it a blessing.
Albert Jones says 'Merry Christmas' to everyone who walks inside Kroger.
He rings the bell for about 10 hours. But he doesn't mind.
He says the Salvation Army has assisted him in the past with his bills and now he's giving back.
Jones is on disability so the extra money will go a long way.
"I got two sons and I can buy them something," says Jones.
The Salvation Army is hiring people who have received help from them with rent and other bills. The Captain says it's a great way to pay back that help.
"Everybody is looking for a job these days so it's a way that they can make a difference for their own lives," says Capt. Ken Argot.
The kettle campaign is the Salvation Army's largest fundraiser. It's goal this year is $225,000.