’Tis the season to be more giving

Soon after Thanksgiving, it begins. Shoppers hear the familiar jingling of bells as they go about their day — Salvation Army bell-ringers are manning their red kettles, bringing a little extra cheer to the reminder that “need knows no season.”

Lt. Elisha Moretz of the Salvation Army says there are more than 50 volunteers, in addition to 18 paid employees, ringing those bells throughout the season — though he could always use more.

“Having volunteers instead of hourly employees ringing the bell is very helpful when you’re fundraising,” he pointed out.

Those drawn by the bell-ringers to put a donation in the kettles are helping to fund programs such as the Salvation Army’s food pantry, clothing closet and other community services. And, local residents are always willing to help.

This year, Moretz is hoping the kettle campaign will raise more than $73,000 — not an unrealistic goal, given how much was donated last year.

“People are real generous,” said bell-ringer Randy Nolan Jr., of Marietta.

Indeed, we know they are, both with time and money.

But if you have not yet had a chance to give, those bell-ringers will be around through Dec. 24. If you have the time — and know how to wear the extra layers — volunteer for a bell-ringing spot, too.

Moretz can be reached at 740-373-4043.

Jingling bells as we shop is just part of the sound of the season, but it is an important reminder of the spirit of the season, too.

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