Ringing Bells to Pay the Bills

Major Tim Grider
Major Tim Grider

by: Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - This year the Salvation Army bell ringing campaign is not just about gathering coins and bills to help someone else. As NewsChannel 10's Kristen Guilfoos found out, many of those ringing the bells are in need of some help themselves.

The vast majority of folks out there ringing bells at the 26 kettles around Amarillo and Canyon are paid to do it... And for the most part, they're standing out there to make ends meet.

The non-profit seeks volunteers, but they absolutely have to have all of the kettles manned, so they're turning to paid employees to get the job done.

And more people than ever before are interested the minimum wage seasonal job that ends on Christmas Eve.

Last year, they received 20 applications for the jobs... This year, they've already received 90 and they keep coming in.

Major Tim Grider with the Salvation Army says, "Many of them have families so this is Christmas gift, present money. This is keeping them in a home money, so they don't get evicted or pushed out of where they may be living at."

The Salvation Army's goal for the Amarillo/Canyon kettles is $210,000.

While paying people to be bell ringers cuts into their earnings, Major Grider says it's also nice to know that they are helping out those in need by giving them a job.