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Bell ringers needed

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By Bryan Marshall

Bells soon will be ringing outside the Dry Ridge Wal-Mart as the Salvation Army conducts its annual kettle drive.

Each year, bell ringers brave the cold and wind to collect needed funds for the Grant County Salvation Army unit.

Eighty-percent of the funds collected stay in Grant County to provide emergency assistance to residents with their utility bills, medication or other similar needs.

The remaining 20 percent goes to the Cincinnati chapter, but returns in other ways, including reduced fees for children to attend summer camp.

“We raised a little over $3,000 last year,” said Dick Austin, chair of the local unit. “We got a little bit more last year than we did the year before. I felt really good about that.

“Last year, there were people who put in money who said, ‘I know times are tough, but I know you need the money,’” he said. “I had several people put in $20 bills. That’s not normal. Most people put a couple dollars in or a handful of change.”

In order to raise the money, the organization needs volunteers to serve as bell ringers.

However, any amount of time volunteers can help would be appreciated, said Austin.

“It’s real important to get the volunteers,” he said. “It’s short term. This is something we only do between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If volunteers can work a four-hour shift or just a couple hours, we’ll take whatever we can get.”

To volunteer as a bell ringer, contact the DRE Family Resource Center at 824-3040 or e-mail lanette.whalen@grant.kyschools.us.