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Salvation Army Rings Out For Help

We are barely into the holiday season, but the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is quickly falling behind.

The organization says the number of bell ringers is down which translates into less funds raised.

Now they are hoping to hire 50 bell ringers between now and Christmas Eve to work during the daytime hours. They say those are typically the toughest shifts to fill, and this is the lowest turnout rate they have seen in recent years.

“We have tried many ways to hire as many individuals as we can. Some people came and applied for the job, but then never showed up for the orientation," said Salvation Army Captain Sanhty Thammavongsa, Milwaukee West Corps.

The greatest need is for assignments based out of the Salvation Army’s Milwaukee West Worship and Community Center.

The Red Kettle Campaign is one of the most crucial campaigns for the organization.

“We do have a goal of raising 4 million dollars. And it’s critical we hit that goal because the money used from the Red Kettle Campaign is used to support 80 plus programs and services that we provide to Milwaukee County throughout the entire coming year,” explained Krachelle Greenwood, media relations director for the Salvation Army.

Interested applicants must be able to stay on their feet in cold weather for eight hours at a time. Those who are interested can apply in person between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. A photo identification and social security card will be required when applying for employment.

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