One week away from kicking off its Red Kettle Campaign, the Indianapolis-area Salvation Army is facing a massive shortage of bell ringers.
The campaign starts next Friday and only 70 volunteers have signed up to ring bells at 140 sites around Marion County. That’s not even half of the 400 volunteers who stepped up to help last year.
"If we don't get enough volunteers this Christmas, we won't have as many dollars to help the individuals throughout the rest of this year."
The money from the Red Kettle Campaign feeds more than 50,000 families and provides more than 100,000 nights of shelter.
Hull said the organization will have to rely on help from paid employees, but desperately needs volunteers to step up soon.
"Without your help, we're not going to be able to help others," he said.
This year, the Salvation Army has a new online tool that allows volunteers to easily look up nearby Red Kettle sites and schedule times to ring the bell.