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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Salvation Army bell ringers help kick off holidays

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"We have more and more families coming in every day seeking assistance," said Major Craig Greenham, at Salvation Army.

Each time money is dropped inside the kettles, that means assistance is on the way.

"The money that we raise not only provides the money and the food, but any money that's left over, we use it to operate Salvation Army programs throughout the rest of the year," said Greenham.

Greenham  says last year, kettle donations totaled around 1000 dollars.  They set a goal to reach that number again this year.

"We're trying to be wise stewards of what God gives to us," said Greenham.

 Leah Lindquist says the Salvation Army is helping her in a different way.

"If it wasn't for this opportunity, my kids probably wouldn't have a Christmas," said Lindquist.

Leah is one of about 20 paid bell ringers the Salvation Army has right now . They are positions that normally Salvation Army officials say they have to advertise for.  This year, officials say a slow economy is bringing more people in applying for these paid bell ringer positions.  Leah says not only will this job help put food on the table and presents under the tree, she says this job lets her give back to her community too. 

"It's going to help people eat this next year, it's going to help people have a Christmas, it's going to put a roof over somebody's head," said Lindquist.

"The change that goes in, brings about change in people's lives," said Greenham.

While the Salvation Army does pay bell ringers, many of them are volunteers.

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