The Salvation Army's Ring it to Bring It campaign gets underway

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The Salvation Army in the Northwest is recruiting volunteers to ring bells at its kettle donation stations in Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Susie Chitwood, director of the Salvation Army Tifton Service Center, said that they want to get people signed up early this year, since the bell ringing starts in November. "I challenge any player to go play nine hours a day for the Salvation Army". Bell-ringers will be stationed outside local businesses through December 24 as part of the organization's main fundraising event of the year.

Money raised will be used throughout the year to help provide food, clothing, emergency and disaster assistance and toys for children this Christmas. The goal is 25 percent higher than last year's $800,000 target - which was not met, according to Springfield Business Journal reporting.

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Bell ringers and the familiar red kettles will be posted outside businesses in the metro area.

You need to bring a photo ID, proof of income and address along with birth certificates, report cards or custody papers with birth dates for every child in your household.

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