Salvation Army has fewer bell ringers due to COVID-19

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Every year, volunteers from all over the island come together, sing and ring bells next to the Salvation Army Red Kettle. (PNC photo)

The Salvation Army is in need of more bell ringers this year as they don’t have as many volunteers as they once had.

Every year, volunteers from all over the island come together, sing and ring bells next to the Salvation Army Red Kettle, and collect monetary donations for the non-profit organization.

Because of the pandemic, Salvation Army added gloves, sanitizing wipes, and face masks, along with their signature bells and red aprons for volunteers.

The biggest difference they had this year, though, is that there hasn’t been as many volunteers for bell ringing as they had before. However, according to Salvation Army public information officer CJ Urquico, this not necessarily a bad thing.

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“With fewer volunteers, they actually stepped up and with the help of our kettle coordinator, Myla, got them to ring more and take more shifts. Like I mentioned this morning on K57, the Governor’s office took 19 shifts this year,” Urquico said.

He added: “The VFW guys, they rang for two days, two entire days, you know, so it’s really amazing! The generosity of the people of Guam stepped up and helped us out to meet our goal this year despite COVID.”

Urquico also mentioned that other people have been sending in monetary donations directly to Salvation Army if they are unable to participate in bell ringing.

So far, they were able to raise about $16,000 of their $50,000 annual goal which Urquico noted is still quite impressive considering the current circumstances.

The Red Kettle Bell ringing is ongoing until Dec. 24 at GPO, Kmart, and Cost-U-Less. If you are interested in participating, contact CJ Urquico or Myla at 477-9818.

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