Think you've got what it takes?

By Meghan Overdeep
November 15, 2018
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The jobs of Santa Claus and his elves go without saying, but as far as holiday employment goes, few roles are more synonymous with Christmas—or as essential to its message—as The Salvation Army's squad of Bell Ringers.

Now, with the official start of the season of giving mere days away, The Salvation Army is accepting applications for new Red Kettle Bell Ringers.

Prospective Ringers can register to volunteer online at Simply plug in your ZIP code or use the manual search feature to find the command center nearest you. From there you can further refine your search to find a location that works for you.

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Over its 127 years, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers across the country ring bells and collect donations in their iconic red kettles. The money raised provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry, and countless social service programs year-round.

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