Churches, community and school organizations are needed to ring bells for the 13th Annual Drew County Salvation Army Drive beginning Saturday, November 24. The organization is getting a late start this year having lost its chairperson to a move and is in immediate need for volunteer bell ringers, according to co-chairmen Justin Miller and Brandi Smith.
Open dates to ring are Fridays, Saturday and Sundays from November 24 through December 23. Organizations will need 16 ringers to fill a full day Friday and Saturdays starting at 9 a.m., with the last ringer working from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday ringers will fill the hours of noon to 5 p.m. at each door and will ring until 5 p.m. A total of 10 volunteers will fill the day. “Some ringers choose to take two-hour shifts in organizations with fewer members,” Miller and Smith said in a joint news release.
Organizations like Drew Memorial Hospital, Commercial Bank, Union Bank, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, First Methodist Church, Rock Springs Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Assembly of God Church, Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church, Rose Hills Baptist Church, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and Drew Central and Monticello scholarship, business and band and pep squads as well as the Optimist, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs have volunteered over the years.
“We are hoping these groups will help us make our 13th year’s drive a success,” Miller and Smith said in a . “We are getting a late start in the midst of reorganizing and your quick response is essential to help us be ready.” said Miller and Smith.
Call Justin Miller at 460-5460 and leave your name and number soon as possible if your group can ring.
“We are getting a late start in the midst of reorganizing and your quick response is essential to help us be ready,” Miller and Smith said.
The kettle drive brings in an average of $20,000 a year and around 200 Drew County families are assisted by the proceeds each year.
“We depend on volunteers and you are responsible for our success. We are all volunteers and only our bookkeeper is paid,” said Miller and Smith. “You kettle ringers make Drew County Salvation a success.”