They are a familiar sight during the holiday season, dutifully positioned in front of retailers, merrily ringing their bells and greeting shoppers with happy smiles.

Every year, the Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell Ringers volunteer their time for a good cause - helping those in need.

Rosemary Nagle, Rotary Club president and coordinator for the local Salvation Army, said volunteers will begin ringing bells on Dec. 4 and continue through Christmas Eve.

"The Stephenville Rotary Club has been sponsoring this for the last six years," Nagle said. "In Stephenville, we are totally volunteer based and high school students can use it as community service credit."

Last year, ringers raised more than $7,000. The money benefits local families in need, and is also used to purchase backpacks and shoes for area students.

Nagle is now looking for volunteers to sign up for one-hour shifts from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Salvation Army assists more than 4.5 million people during Thanksgiving and Christmas in the U.S. alone.

For more information or to volunteer, call Nagle at (254) 396-2960.