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A name to the kettle: The Salvation Military is hoping for bell-ringers this Christmas season

Hear that? 

Nicely, not simply but – but it surely gained’t be lengthy. 

Quickly, the ringing would be the air. 

Think about it a name to service for these much less lucky. 

Mentioned ringing will come from the handbells wielded by Salvation Military volunteers and staff throughout the area. 

These bellringers will likely be positioned subsequent to the Salvation Military’s signature crimson kettles that will likely be positioned beginning in November at public spots in Monongalia, Preston and Marion counties. 

“For lots of people, these bells are the sound of the season,” Salvation Military Capt. Dennis Smith mentioned. 

He leads the native effort right here along with his spouse Jane, who additionally shares the identical rank. 

The couple headed a put up in inner-city Baltimore earlier than coming to West Virginia and the Mercer County detachment in Bluefield. 

This will likely be their second Christmas in Morgantown, Smith mentioned.  

“You’ve got a really beneficiant group right here,” he continued. “It’s too dangerous the climate didn’t cooperate.” 

He’s referring to final yr’s unprecedented “bomb cyclone,” which tore by the area proper earlier than Christmas. 

The climate sample despatched the mercury on a harmful, sub-arctic plummet. Windchills within the swirling snow carried deadly ranges. Smith known as the marketing campaign early. 

“We needed to maintain our individuals protected,” he mentioned. “That was severe chilly.” 

In the meantime, the kettle marketing campaign is a severe fundraiser, the captain mentioned. 

What goes within the kettle is introduced proper again out to the group, Smith mentioned. 

Cash and forex assist the Salvation Military stage its annual turkey and ham dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas, he mentioned. 

The seasonal providing helps all yr lengthy, he continued. 

From its new location on Scott Avenue at Hazel’s Home of Hope, the Salvation Military serves each day meals and now has a spot the place individuals with out a everlasting roof over their heads can go for a bathe. 

Smith hopes the kettles this yr will generate $125,000 to $150,000. 

“That’s what we’re hoping for,” he mentioned. “The cash goes for every little thing.” 

The Salvation Military, in the meantime, has budgeted an allotment for the individuals who step up and ring the bell this yr. 

Bellringers could make $9.50 an hour, Smith mentioned.  

Functions will quickly be out there on-line at Certainly, the job-hunting web site.  

Go to and sort “Salvation Military Morgantown” within the search subject. 

The bell-ringing marketing campaign all the time runs in tandem with the Angel Tree drive, which ensures items of garments and toys below the tree for kids from households in financial want.  

Full particulars can be found at, the captain mentioned.  

For those who may also help, that’s to be recommended, he mentioned. And should you need assistance, he added – there’s no disgrace. 

“In some unspecified time in the future you’re going to expertise financial hardship,” he mentioned. 

“And it breaks my coronary heart to consider a child not with the ability to expertise Christmas morning.”