Tis' the Season For Bell Ringers

 Victoria Fregoso reports, vfregoso@K2tv.com,
 Tis' the season for a little bell ringing and a lot of giving. Volunteers with the Salvation Army are taking time to collect money for a good cause.

 The sound of ringing bells fill the air.
Which can only mean one thing, the Salvation Army Red Kettle program is underway.

"It's nice, you get a little tired of the bell but you know, people are happy and smiling and usually wave," said Martie Mueller, a volunteer bell ringer for the Salvation Army Kettle Program.

The program is in it's 5th year here in Lander, but it's a 120 year old tradition nation wide.
And a majority of the funds collected stays in the community.

"90% of the money stays here in the Lander community," said Dana Flint, Director of the First Stop Help Center. "It goes towards the First Stop Help Center clients, assisting with helping to pay part of their rent or utilities, some gas money, food, or what ever the case may be."

Every volunteer has their own reason for braving the cold temperatures and ringing that bell.
It's this volunteer's first time helping out with the Red Kettle program and she got her inspiration from her nephew that wrote about the experience of dropping money into a red kettle.

"His father, when he was in Wyoming, enjoyed putting those coins in the Salvation Army Kettle. That "clink, clink" was a good feeling around the holidays to help out," Mueller said. 

You can find bell ringers at a variety of locations through out Lander.

"We have bell ringers that ring at Mr. D's, at Safeway, Alco and Pamida," said Flint.

And new this year, they've set out 5 kettles in local businesses through out the city and rotate them every Tuesday.
This week they will be at Taco Johns, Pit Stop, Apple Valley Market, Cabin Fever Books and Tony's Pizza. You can also catch the miniature kettles later this month at Ace Hardware, Breadboard, Palace Pharmacy, Simply Shoes, El Sol De Mexico, Gambles, Oxbow, Gannett Grill, Main Street Books and Whippy Bird.

"People are very grateful for the opportunity to give," said Mueller.

Bell ringers will be out collecting donations until Christmas Eve.

And the Lander area is looking for more volunteer bell ringers, you can call the First Stop Help Center at (307)332-2877 for more information.