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Salvation Army Bell Ringers Overcoming Challenges

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While many of you were out shopping over the last few days you probably noticed some faithful bell ringers out at Salvation Army posts. They are dealing with a few challenges this year. The late thanksgiving holiday left them with a shorter bell ringing season, and they are aiming for a higher dollar amount this year.

During this time of year you hear bell ringers them everywhere you go. Tom Fetch- Salvation Army Volunteer: "The people in this part of the country surprise me every year with their generosity." Tom fetch remembers back 14 years to when he started to ring the bell. Fetch: "The city has really expanded and so we have and to expand our workforce, and everything to go along with it."

A lot has changed, but one thing has never changed. "Most people are pretty generous." Fetch: "Every year I keep thinking last year we set a record, and we are going to have a really tough time doing that, and they people in the valley just seem to get together and support us really well."

Traditionally putting cash in the kettle is your only option. Fetch: "If they want to donate we will find a way for them to do it."

But today you can donate online, on the phone, social media. There is even an app for that.

Getting money into the kettle does not seem to be the problem. Fetch: "We really need bell ringing help." Fargo-Moorhead needs a lot more volunteers, enough to fill 330 hours of ringing every day to be exact.

Fetch: "I'll absolutely guarantee you; you will feel a lot better for it, once you get out there and do it." During the holiday season you hear them everywhere you go. With the changing world you can now donate even if you don't hear the sound of their ringing bell.

This year's red kettle campaign goal is almost one million dollars. Looking at dollars raised day per day. They are earned more than last year.

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