It’s bell ringing time and the Henderson County Salvation Army needs volunteers to ring the bell.

The Salvation Army will begin ringing the bell at the Athens Wal-Mart beginning today and continue through Dec. 20.

The bell ringing is the major fundraiser for the year and enables those in need to receive emergency financial assistance. Funds are also used to help send children to summer camp free of charge and provides Christmas presents to children of inmates, among other services.

The Henderson County Help Center coordinates the bell ringing schedule and screens all families requesting help to ensure they truly need aid and are not receiving assistance from other groups.

“Every penny dropped in the buckets remains in Henderson County and goes directly to assisting families and children in need,” said Beth Cain, chairman of the Henderson County Salvation Army and CEO of the Help Center. “The funds raised during this short period are stretched out to offer assistance throughout the entire year. Each year families benefit from the generosity of Wal-Mart patrons who donate and those who volunteer to ring the bell. Every penny counts.”

The Help Center is asking that church groups, clubs, civic organizations and individuals call the Help Center and offer any assistance in ringing the bell. Times are available throughout the day into early evening and can be arranged for a short period of time or the entire day.

“We have had groups and employers take an entire day and divide it into shifts of two hours each. This year please join the District Attorney’s Office, Henderson County 4-H Club, First State Bank Athens Downtown branch and individual families in assisting those in need for the entire year through volunteering to ring the bell this holiday season,” Cain said.

The Henderson County Salvation Army is a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible and used exclusively in Henderson County.

Please call the Help Center at 903-675-HELP (4357) if you or your group is able to volunteer to ring the bell this season.

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