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Bell ringers needed for Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

Erin Gottsacker

The sound of bells holds many different meanings to many different people.

Maybe it’s the ringing of church bells telling you the time, or the maybe fills you the joy of the Christmas season.

For Tom Jerow, the sound is all about his community.

“It’s the veterans that stop and tell me about the coffee and donuts they got when they got off the ship. Or the people that tell me a story about how the Salvation Army helped them through a tough patch. It’s amazing,” he said.

Jerow isn’t just listening to the bells, he’s often the one ringing them.

His role with the Salvation Army in Rhinelander has him organizing all the bells ringers and making sure all the slots are filled throughout the season at Trig’s and Walmart.

But his greatest joy is being able to be one of those people ringing the bells.

“Everybody is so cheerful, they’re all in the holiday spirit, they’re out shopping. They’re so generous. I just can’t believe it sometimes,” said Jerow.

Of the money collected during the Red Kettle Campaign, 87% stays in Rhinelander to support community members in need whether that’s assistance with rent, heat, utilities or just helping people through a tough patch.

Right now, the Salvation Army is looking for people sign up for bell ringing shifts. You can be inside at the Walmart or outside at Trig’s.

Jerow encourages individuals or groups to sign up.

“People like to come as a group. The more stations we can cover. They just have a fun time. You can sing, although indoors at Walmart you have to be a little bit more quiet, but here at Trig’s if you want to bring your boom box and you want to sing and dance, have fun,” he said.

You can sign up on online at registertoring.com or you give Tom Jerow a call at 715-401-1578.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
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