Community of Caring
Aspen Mine Center
166 E. Bennett Ave. Cripple Creek, CO.
Mailing address: PO Box 1587
Phone: (719) 689-3584
Fax: (719) 689-5711
8 AM - 5 PM
Ring a bell for the Salvation Army this holiday season! All proceeds stay local and benefit programs and organizations such as the Community of Caring. Just choose a location below and you will be taken to a signup page to reserve your time slot. Also read further to discover 10 reasons why bell ringing can be so fun and rewarding.
To download a printable set of instructions about where to find the supplies, how to set up, and tips for a fun and successful shift, please click here.
10 Reasons You Should Volunteer to be a Bell Ringer This Christmas
1. Start a Family Tradition
So many families volunteer during the holidays to instill the value of giving back to the community in their children. Ringing a bell is a great way to introduce them to volunteer work. It is simple enough that even the youngest child can help, but the impact is huge.
2. Be the Sounds of the Season
It really doesn't feel like Christmas until you hear the first bell ringing. You can be a part of sharing holiday joy by providing the sounds of the season.
3. Hear Uplifting Stories from People Impacted by The Salvation Army
When people walk by the kettles, more often than not, they stop by with a story to tell. Whether they were once helped by The Salvation Army, used to volunteer or know someone who was a recipient of some sort of service, the stories they share are enlightening and uplifting.
4. It Becomes a Game
Start a competition with yourself: how many people can you get to donate that walk through the doors? Greet everyone and share the message of The Salvation Army which is to do the most good. Count how many will donate in a row, there are many ways to make it entertaining.
5. The Money You Raise Directly Impacts Your Community
The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army's largest fundraiser. 90% of everything raised by the Red Kettle Campaign goes directly back into the community, meaning it helps feed the hungry, keeps people warm through the cold winter months, helps at risk youth, and many other programs offered by The Salvation Army.
6. You Can Learn How Much You Raised
After you ring the kettle, a kettle co-ordinator will collect your kettle and indicate that you were the person who rang. You can then contact The Aspen Mine Center within a day or two to find out how much you raised. It is incredibly rewarding to know that donated your time and raised money that is going to a really good cause - at virtually no cost to you!
7. Christmas Caroling
Christmas Caroling is one of the best parts of the holiday season. Nothing says "It's Christmastime" like hearing people singing their favorite holiday tunes. It is a great excuse to sing your favorite carols without having the potential awkwardness of singing directly to someone by knocking on their door or visiting their home.
8. A Reason to Wear Tacky Christmas Sweaters
Dressing up to ring bells makes it even more fun! You can wear your favorite tacky Christmas sweater, dress like Santa or Mrs. Clause, an elf, a reindeer or you can get creative!
9. It's Fun
It is actually a LOT of fun! Grab your family or a group of friends and make a day out of it. Pack your hot chocolate, some cookies and your camera and you have a fun holiday-spirited outing. You can dance around, sing carols and really make it a fun event. The more joy, the merrier the kettle!
10. Be a Part of the Legacy
The Red Kettle Campaign has a deep history in America. It began in 1891 in San Francisco when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee wanted to provide a free Christmas dinner to families who needed it. He decided to adapt and idea that was originally developed in Liverpool, England where people could throw some change into a pot to help the poor. Six years later, it spread to the East Coast and continued to grow into the tradition it is today, spreading throughout the entire United States and across the world. That a pretty exciting and uplifting thing to be a part of!
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