Jingling bells are a Christmas staple.
We associate them with many Christmas songs, but we also connect them to the Salvation Army and the bell ringers that you see during the holidays.
Since the season started on November 17, collections have helped reach 46 percent of the overall goal.
With only nine days left, that may seem short, but this year is significantly better than last.
“Salvation Army has been blessed this year,” Minot Salvation Army Captain Debbie Stahl said.
She and fellow captain and husband Randy Stahl said that blessing is thanks to the giving members of the community, but also thanks to those who take the time to put on the red apron and spread some Christmas cheer.
“I always tell people, if you give me two hours of your time to bell ring, you’ll come back for two more,” Randy said, and he’s not kidding.
Last year’s first day of bell ringing had only three volunteers.
This year, there were a dozen.
He said, “It supports us throughout the whole year, without the bell ringers we’d be really in trouble.”
Since mid-November, kettles have been filled with more than 55-thousand dollars.
That’s less than half of the fundraiser’s goal.
But thanks to the bell ringers like Kimm Lukenbach, “It helps with the people who need it the most, and it helps a lot a lot a lot,” and the people who give, this year’s donations are headed in the right direction.
Debbie optimistically said, “Minot has started out strong and we want to finish strong. We want to encourage people to keep the momentum going, keep giving.”
Sixty-five hundred dollars a day is needed to reach the 120-thousand dollar goal in the next nine days.
That sounds like a stretch since it’s about six times what’s been collected on an average day so far this year.
However, this year is off to a much better start than the last.