Volunteers Ring Bells to Help Those in Need

While shoppers are out buying gifts for loved ones during the holidays, volunteers give their time to help those in need.

Tish Oliver visiting family here in Covington stopped by the salvation army bell ringer coming out of Kmart wednesday afternoon. She had said she was making the donation in honor of her father who passed away this week. Oliver is from VA. Bell ringer is Jesse Barton a freshman radiology student at GPC (she lives in covington). This is her first year being a bell ringer, she found out about at her church Eastridge Community Church.

While shoppers are out buying gifts for loved ones during the holidays, volunteers give their time to help those in need.

The Salvation Army has bell ringers at more than 30 locations across Lincoln. Karen Cullinan heads up fundraising for the Salvation Army. She says they raise more than half of their annual budget at Christmastime.

"We actually have the past couple years have been receiving a bundle of 10 $100 bills wrapped in scripture and we're not sure, it's anonymous of course, so that's really special," said Cullinan.

She wants you to know, from big donations to small, every little bit helps.

Cullinan said, "you know it never ceases to amaze me how generous people are and how responsive they are to other people's needs."

A response noticed by volunteer, Sharon Knapp, who gathers buckets from each location and helps count the collections.

"This is my Christmas, being able to volunteer. I don't expect any gifts for Christmas, I just enjoy being able to do my volunteer work," Knapp said.

Whether you ring bells, empty your pockets, or count money, it's all in the spirit of giving.

You can help the 10/11 team share the holiday spirit when we ring the bells at Westfield Gateway Mall from 2 to 6 p.m. on December 21st.


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