This Christmas give your time and be a Bell Ringer for The Salvation Army

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What is a Bell Ringer?

A Bell Ringer is someone who stands beside the iconic Salvation Army Christmas Kettle and receives donations from passers-by.  They ring bells where permitted to subtly remind people of those in need at Christmas in our community.  Kettles are typically located in malls and outside retail stores from mid-November to December 24th.

What is the Christmas Kettle Campaign?

The tradition of Salvation Army kettles began in San Francisco in 1891 with Captain Joseph McFee. Captain McFee was looking for a way to help provide meals to families in need and recalled the "Simpson's pot" – a large pot used in Liverpool, England into which passers-by threw charitable donations. Captain McFee decided to place a similar pot at the Oakland ferry landing. By strategically placing the kettle, he was able to attract donations from those going to and from the ferry boats.

Now, over 100 years have passed and beyond providing Christmas dinners, the money raised at kettles is also used to provide clothing, shelter, food, toys, financial assistance and counselling year-round. The Salvation Army's holiday fund-raising activities play a crucial role in sharing the spirit of the season with families in need. The Salvation Army does its best to ensure that no family goes without food, no child is without presents under the tree and that Christmas is a time of hope and healing.

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How much time is required?

Bell Ringers typically stand by a kettle 2 to 4 hours at both indoor and outdoor locations.  Ideally it is best if prospective volunteers can commit to 8 to 10 hours throughout the course of the Christmas Kettle Campaign which runs from mid-November to December 24th.

Can our group sign up together to be Bell Ringers?

Absolutely!   Your team, staff, organization or school group can sign up to host a Kettle.  You can choose to host a kettle throughout the duration of the campaign or just for a day.  A sign can be created for the Kettle stand recognizing your group’s partnership with The Salvation Army.  For more information on signing up to volunteer as a group please email BellRinger_Toronto@can.salvationarmy.org

How do I sign up to be a Bell Ringer this Christmas?

Sign up online at https://tsatoronto.wufoo.com/forms/zi093i00j7iwz9/

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