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Sidney Salvation Army Seeking Volunteers For Ring The Bells


December 2, 2020 | View PDF

Starting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, volunteers will be needed to ring bells, hold red kettles, and collect donations at Reynolds Market and Reese and Ray's IGA, Sidney. The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to hold 2-hour shifts from Dec. 1-23. Volunteers would be needed from 4-6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays. 

This year in particular, due to COVID-19 health concerns, the Salvation Army will need more volunteers than ever. "Of course, this year is making things different for us. We realize that people who have volunteered with us before may not want to volunteer this year due to health concerns. So, we are looking for anyone who is willing to volunteer and take a few shifts," said Bob Burnison, Sidney Salvation Army volunteer.

He explained that due to health concerns, they will be taking extra precautions to make sure that everyone can safely participate. "We will make sure that the kettle is cleaned and disinfected. We will also require volunteers to wear masks and winter gloves. We hope that these precautions can maintain the health of everyone involved." stated Burnison. 

He also said that if people are not comfortable making donations, in person, then they will have the opportunity to mail in a donation to The Sidney Salvation Army, PO Box 76, Sidney, MT, 59270.

Burnison explained that 90% of the funds raised go directly to helping those in need in Sidney and 10% of the funds go to The Salvation Army in Denver, CO. "The funds that are generated in the red kettle are used to help those in need during the upcoming year. It helps assist them in rent/utilities or housing needs, sometimes the funds even help take care of lodging and things of that nature," added Burnison. 

"We hope to continue doing this ringing of the bell tradition so that we are able to continue supporting those in need around our community. "

Individuals, who are interested in volunteering, should contact the Richland County Health Department at 406-433-2207 and ask for Rita Jacobson, the RSVP Lead Volunteer Coordinator.


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