Salvation Army needs volunteers

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By Cindy Simpson

The ringing of bells outside of shopping centers has become as much a part of Christmas time as Santa Claus and his reindeer.
The local chapter of the Salvation Army in Roane County has bell ringing days at several locations including the Harriman Kroger, Kingston Food City and Rockwood Walmart.
The group would always love to see more volunteers, including a site coordinator to return bell ringing to Harriman Food City.
“We traditionally have four sites in Roane County,” said Bob Lepsig.
The coordinator for Harriman Food City is unable to do it this year. In years past, the late Sandra Stout was involved with coordinating bell ringers at the Harriman Food City.
“That is going to put a big hole in our collections,” Lepsig admitted.
Lepsig said the coordinator position is a lot of work.
“You have to have volunteers lined up before you even set up a schedule,” Lepsig said.
Lepsig said they typically raise around $18,000 and collect $4,000 of that at the Harriman store.
Lepsig said donations are up at the ringing sites a hair this year compared to last year.
Those interested in volunteering should call Lepsig at 882-2076.