You have seen them - and you've likely heard them - the cheerful Salvation Army bell ringers who greet customers at Wal-Mart this time every year.
The Stephenville Rotary Club brought The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign to Erath County many years ago, but they need volunteers to keep it going.
Event organizer Rosemary Nagle said volunteers are still needed to ring the bell and man the kettle over the next three Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Volunteers are also needed from 8 a.m. - noon on Christmas Eve.
David Swearingen, a volunteer bell ringer for the past seven years, says getting the chance to visit with people and spread Christmas cheer is what it's all about.
"It's really cool when parents give their kids a dollar or some change to drop in," he said. "They love that. Their faces light up and it's really neat to see."
Nagle said the money donated at Wal-Mart stays in Erath County and benefits its citizens.
The donations are used to fund projects in the community year-round including purchasing new backpacks and shoes for underprivileged children, providing gift cards to Stephenville school nurses for necessity items and donating money to social workers to cover prescription costs for uninsured or indigent healthcare individuals.
The project has been approved for Stephenville High School students’ volunteer hours. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and church groups are all welcomed to volunteer.
For more information, call Nagle at 254-396-2960.