bell ringers

Jenny Bratcher thanks an individual for their donation to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign outside of Russ's Market on Monday. Several volunteers are ringing bells across Beatrice to gather donations for Salvation Army's community services, with a goal to raise $20,000.

From now until Christmas Eve, bearing all types of weather besides blizzards, six individuals plan to ring bells across Beatrice for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.

This year is local Jenny Bratcher’s first time bell ringing. Bratcher said she plans to volunteer every day possible – Mondays through Saturdays, except Thanksgiving Day – taking donations.

Lieutenant Scott Ruse, a corps officer at the Salvation Army of Beatrice, said the goal for the kettles is to make $20,000, which is a higher goal than previous years.

As of last week, the bell ringers made $4,000.

“We have already seen one check in a kettle for $100,” Ruse said. “That is just phenomenal.”

Ruse said all of the money donated goes back to the community through food and clothing donations, shelter and other services to those in need.

“The more we get income-wise, the more people we can help,” Ruse said. “It’s probably on a weekly basis that we have to say no to someone who could’ve been a client of ours, because we don’t have the finances.”

Beatrice bell ringers are located at the Indian Creek Mall, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Git N Split, Russ’s Market and Orscheln Farm and Home.

Ruse said the best bell ringers acknowledge people with a smile.

Bratcher said she also makes sure to greet people both when they’re entering and leaving each location.

Ruse said the Salvation Army is always in need of more volunteers, and that those interested can go to www.registertoring.com

The website asks for the volunteer’s zip code, then shows the available shift dates and locations that can be reserved.

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