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Salvation Army sees shortage of bell ringers for second year

COLBERT COUNTY, Alabama – The Salvation Army has said it is enduring another holiday season with a shortage of registrations for needed volunteers and paid bell ringers.

The cause? Nothing new, according to The Shoals Salvation Army commander Richard Watts.

“We had a hard time finding ringers here at Shoals and we struggled last year, so since we’re still dealing with the pandemic, it’s no surprise that we still have a shortage of ringers.” , did he declare.

Staff shortages rooted in the pandemic still impact the Red Kettle campaigns of northern Alabama.

“(It) doesn’t make it easy, but it’s not surprising,” Watts said.

Watts said the chapter has always been able to send ringers since Saturday, but Thanksgiving weekend is extremely important in providing the necessary donations to the charity’s social programs, Boys and Girls clubs and shelters for without. -shelter.

He added that they are not just for Christmas, but for the whole New Year.

“Our goal is $ 200,000. And again, that’s not exactly a number for us, because these are people we can help. “

One solution is not to ring, but to click. The organization is also asking for volunteers to be virtual ringers online.

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