What bell-ringing can accomplish

Nationwide, Salvation Army bell ringers raise an average of $50 per hour. This means in just two hours of ringing, a bell-ringer can raise enough money to provide a week’s worth of groceries for a family of four.

It takes just $10 raised by bell ringing — which can be done in less than 15 minutes — to provide a hot meal for three hungry people. Just 60 minutes ringing at the red kettle will feed 13 people for a day or fund 10 nights of emergency shelter. One day of bell ringing will provide two families with a month of food.

The red kettle donations not only support holiday meals for homeless and needy families and Christmas presents for children, but they also help The Salvation Army serve 30 million people through a myriad of other services all year long.

In Morgantown, the Army’s annual budget depends on what is raised in the red kettles.

Last year, bell ringing raised nearly $168,000, down from the previous year’s $209,000. This year the goal is $300,000

For more information on how your donations are used by The Salvation Army, stop by the corps or call 304-296-3525.