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Bell Ringer of the Day

Each day leading up ’til Christmas, KOOL 108 and The Salvation Army will honor a Bell Ringer of the Day. In addition to being recognized on KOOL 108, each volunteer will receive tickets to an upcoming holiday concert from the radio station.

Read below to meet each one. Then, if you’re in their neighborhood, be sure to stop by and thank them for being an outstanding Salvation Army volunteer.

Know an outstanding bell ringer? Nominate them to be Bell Ringer of the Day.

Tuesday, Dec. 23: Sherwin Linton

Sherwin Linton bell ringer of the dayWhen/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m. – noon

Location: Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis, upstairs, South Skyway

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is Sherwin Linton, who always rings with his wife, Pam. These two make ringing fun by dressing up in Victorian-era costumes and greeting everyone with a Merry Christmas.

Sherwin said he and Pam choose to bell ring because it’s a way to represent The Salvation Army with dignity, and bring to life the meaning of the season. Anyone who spends their time bell ringing will get to experience the true spirit of Christmas, he added.

Sherwin and Pam have been bell ringers for 10 years now, saying they never pass anyone else’s kettle without making a donation themselves.

They will be ringing today from 10 a.m. – noon at Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis, upstairs, near the South Skyway exit.

We wish Sherwin and Pam, and all of our wonderful bell ringers, a very Merry Christmas, and we thank them all for supporting The Salvation Army.

Thanks for ringing, Sherwin and Pam!

*Please note that all donations made to kettles today at Mall of America will be matched, up to $5000.

Monday, Dec. 22: John Bold

When/Time: Monday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Macy’s at Southdale in Edina

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is John Bold, who at 80 years old, has been ringing for The Salvation Army for 19 years now.

He rings with his good friend Roy Burns, who is 83. The two were colleagues for more than three decades at Dayton’s department store. When they retired, they committed to bell ringing together every year.

John said he loves being a bell ringer, connecting with people in the community and sharing the holiday spirit. He added that people often do kind things like stop to chat, or bring them a cup of hot chocolate on a particularly cold day.

What is John’s advice for other people considering becoming a bell ringer? Do it! He said it’s fun and one of the best volunteer activities he has ever done.

John and Roy will be ringing today from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Southdale Macy’s in Edina.

Thanks for ringing, gentlemen!

Friday, Dec. 19: Vince Bradford

Vince Bradford bell ringer of the dayWhen/Time: Friday, Dec. 19, 5 – 6 p.m.

Location: Byerly’s in Golden Valley

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is Vince Bradford with the Northwest Suburban Optimist Club. He has been bell ringing with this group for an amazing 33 years!

Vince said bell ringing is a perfect, public example of the Optimist’s Club’s mission – helping youth. He added that he has been inspired by the many successful people he knows who take time out of their busy schedules to support The Salvation Army.

His favorite part of being a bell ringer is the smiles and the thanks he receives from people dropping donations in the kettle. He said it warms his heart and soul, and is a perfect way to share the spirit of the season.

Vince will be ringing today at Bylerly’s in Golden Valley from 5 – 6 p.m.

Thank you to Vince and his friends at the Optimist’s Club for being such great volunteers!

Thursday, Dec. 18: Charley Brandt

Charley Brandt bell ringer of the dayWhen/Time: Thursday, Dec. 18, 4 – 6 p.m.

Location: Byerly’s in Roseville

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is Charley Brandt. Charley has been ringing for four years now, for a total of more than 200 hours!

Some days, Charley likes to dress up as Santa. Other days, when it’s not too cold outside, he has a secret weapon: his adorable dog, Scruffy. Charley said when he brings his Yorkie-Poo along, donations go up by about 20 percent.

Charley said his Christmas gift is on the streets; he loves chatting and interacting with people from all walks of life, while raising money for a great cause. He calls it “Christmas in action.”

He will be ringing today at Byerly’s in Roseville from 4 – 6 p.m.

Thanks for ringing, Charley!

Wednesday, Dec. 17: Kyla Schladweiler

Kyla bell ringer of the day

When/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 4 – 6 p.m.

Location: Fleet Farm in Blaine

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is Kyla Schladweiler. At just 16 years of age, she’s already been bell ringing for 10 Christmas seasons!

Kyla started ringing with her grandpa when she was 6 years old. She is now a high school junior who is active in volunteer work and is a great student.

Kyla said she loves seeing people rushing to get out of our cold Minnesota weather, but then stopping to dig out money for the red kettles. She knows that every small donation can really add up and make a difference in the lives of other people.

Kyla told us that she plans to continue supporting The Salvation Army by bell ringing, and that she will encourage others to do the same. We are so lucky to have great volunteers like this, committed from such an early age. She will be ringing today at Fleet Farm in Blaine from 4 – 6 p.m.

Thanks for ringing, Kyla!

Tuesday, Dec. 16: Mashell Kivijarvi

Mashell Kivijarvi bell ringer of the dayWhen/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m. – noon

Location: Brink’s Market in Chisago City

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is Mashell Kivijarvi. She has been ringing for The Salvation Army off and on since 1996, including dozens of hours for each of the past five years.

Mashell was inspired to be a bell ringer when she was just a little girl. While shopping with her mom, she remembers seeing a bell ringer who was all dressed up. In Mashell’s mind, the bell ringer looked like an angel. Mashell then knew that she wanted to be a bell ringer someday, too.

Mashell said the best part of ringing is seeing the smiles on people’s faces, and knowing she is making a difference in the lives of others. She will be ringing today at Brink’s Market in Chisago City from 9 a.m. to noon.

Thanks for ringing, Mashell!

Monday, Dec. 15: LeRoy Brand

LeRoy Brand bell ringer of the dayWhen/Time: Monday, Dec. 15, 3 – 5 p.m.

Location: Walmart in Forest Lake

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is LeRoy Brand. He signed up to ring for 16 hours this Christmas season!

LeRoy is a retired middle school teacher of 35 years. He said he loves to let kids ring the bell when they approach his kettle. It makes him sad to see a kettle go unstaffed, so he wants to do his part to keep the bell ringing and donations flowing.

LeRoy is a humble man, and said he doesn’t like attention. But he hopes his story will inspire other people to volunteer as bell ringers. (With just nine days left in the kettle season, we certainly can use everybody’s help!)

Today he will be at Walmart in Forest Lake from 3 – 5 p.m.

Thanks for ringing, LeRoy!

Friday, Dec. 12: Dan Cheung, State Farm Insurance

Dan Cheung bell ringer of dayWhen/Time: Friday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. – noon

Location: Cub Foods in Minneapolis (26th Ave. S.)

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is Dan Cheung with State Farm Insurance. Throughout the day, agents like Dan are ringing across the state during State Farm Day at the Kettle.

This is Dan’s second year of bell ringing. He will be at the Cub Foods on 26th Ave. S. in Minneapolis today from 10 a.m. – noon.

Dan (pictured, middle) told us that he loves to bell ring because it supports his local community. That, he said, is what State Farm agents are all about. He loves knowing that giving just a couple of hours of his time can make a difference in somebody’s life.

We want to remind everyone that Saturday is Kids at the Kettle Day. All coins donated to Salvation Army kettles will be doubled by Thrivent Financial, up to $25,000.

Thanks for ringing, Dan and State Farm Insurance!

Thursday, Dec. 11: Chantele Burgess

Chantele Burgess bell ringer of the dayWhen/Time: Thursday, Dec. 11, 4 – 6 p.m.

Location: Cub Foods in Eden Prairie

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is Chantele Burgess. She is a second-year ringer who loves the work of The Salvation Army.

Chantele said she has always appreciated that bell ringers are real people, some of whom got help from The Salvation Army in the past and are now paying it forward. That makes the Army the kind of organization she wants to support.

Last year, on one of the coldest days of the year, she rang with a group of kids, including her daughter, nieces and nephews. She said they all learned an eye-opening lesson: that there are people who are homeless, with nowhere to go in that kind of weather.

Thankfully, the weather will be much warmer for Chantele this time around – and also for Saturday’s special event, Kids at the Kettle!

Say hello to Chantele today when she rings at Cub Foods in Eden Prairie from 4 – 6 p.m.

Thanks for ringing, Chantele!

Wednesday, Dec. 10: Samantha Kriesel, Hennepin Tech Nurses

Samantha Kriesel bell ringer of the dayWhen/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Location: Bylerly’s in Eden Prairie

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is Samantha Kriesel of Hennepin Tech Nurses Who Care.

Samantha (pictured, far left) is a first-time ringer. She said the activity is a perfect fit for her and this group of student nurses because they are always looking for ways to support the communities in which they live and work.

Samantha told us that bell ringing is a fun and simple thing to do that changes the lives of other people for the better. She added that signing up to ring is so easy, it makes her want to spread the word and encourage others to do the same. (Be like Samantha and sign up to ring right now!)

Samantha will be bell ringing today at Byerly’s in Eden Prairie from 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Thanks for ringing, Samantha!

Tuesday, Dec. 9: Amy Boeser

Amy Boeser bell ringer of the dayWhen/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6 – 8 p.m.

Location: JC Penney in Maple Grove

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is Amy Boeser. Now in her fourth year of ringing, Amy said she loves bell ringing because it’s a fun and great way to give back to the community during the holidays.

Amy pointed out that volunteer time is just as valuable as a financial donation. We appreciate that, because The Salvation Army is short of volunteer bell ringers – nine out of 10 kettles are unstaffed this year.

Amy says her favorite bell ringing experience was one day last year when her entire family was home for Christmas, and they all rang bells together at several locations. They had a great time singing songs, playing instruments, and dressing up in festive clothes.

Amy is pictured with her boyfriend, Cedric. They will be ringing tonight at JC Penney in Maple Grove from 6 – 8 p.m.

Thanks for ringing, Amy!

Monday, Dec. 8: Tom Lyngholm

Tom Lyngholm bell ringer of the yearWhen/Time: Monday, Dec. 8, 2 – 4 p.m.

Location: Byerly’s in Burnsville

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is Tom Lyngholm, a first-time ringer for The Salvation army

Tom (pictured at right with his son) retired recently and now has the time to volunteer. He said he appreciates the good work of The Salvation Army, and that he’s always had a soft spot in his heart for the volunteers he sees out bell ringing. He loves the idea of helping people who need it, especially at this time of year when he is reflecting on the blessings in his own life.

Tom said he might sing a Christmas carol or two today, along with a fun little song he made up: “Ding a ling, ding a ling, what do you say we fill this thing?” You can meet him at Byerly’s in Burnsville from 2–4 p.m.

Thanks for ringing, Tom!

Friday, Dec. 5: Lynne Foulke, CEO of REMAX Results

Lynne Foulke bell rings for The Salvation Army on Realtor Ring DayWhen/Time: Friday, Dec. 5, 4 – 5 p.m.

Location: Byerly’s in Eden Prairie

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day today is Lynne Foulke (second from left), CEO of REMAX Results. Today, Lynne and real estate professionals in 26 states across the country will ring in honor of Realtor Ring Day, a fifth-annual event that originated in The Salvation Army Northern Division. In the Twin Cities, Lynne and her colleagues signed up for more than 1,300 hours of ringing today.

Lynne has been ringing bells for The Salvation Army for many years. Today you can meet her at the Byerly’s in Eden Prairie from 4–5 p.m.

Lynne is a great supporter of The Salvation Army, along with her colleagues at REMAX Results. She says that she loves the fact that the money donated stays local and goes to fill basic human needs.

Lynne says it’s fun to ring, because even on the coldest days people say hello and have smiles on their faces.

Thanks for ringing, Lynne!

Thursday, Dec. 4: Marion Hastings, Saint Paul Hiking Club

Marion Hastings Bell ringer of the day

When/Time: Thursday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Location: Cub Foods in St. Paul (University Ave.)

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is Marion Hastings (pictured, far left) of The Saint Paul Hiking Club. Marion is the program director for this club. She will be ringing today at the Cub Foods on University Avenue in St. Paul from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The St. Paul Hiking Club is 75 hikers strong, ranging in age from 50 to 88 years old. Members of this club have been bell ringing for The Salvation Army for the past 8 years. They also collect winter hats, mittens and scarves for us at their annual holiday banquet.

Marion says she is often impressed with how many parents encourage their children to put money in the kettle and talk to them about giving back. She says she frequently hears from donors that “The Salvation Army helped me,” and now they get a chance to give back.

Wednesday, Dec. 3: Wendy Hazzard, Du Fresne Manufacturing

Wendy Hazzard bell ringer of the day December 3When/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 3–4 p.m.

Location: Festival Foods in Vadnais Heights

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is Wendy Hazzard. Wendy is a first-time ringer with The Salvation Army. She signed up to be a bell ringer at work.

Du Fresne (doo-frane) Manufacturing raises money for good causes every year. This Christmas season, the company decided to support the Salvation Army by giving its employees time off to ring, for a total 12 hours.

Wendy says that being a bell ringer is an opportunity to give with her heart and her hands, and to make the holiday merrier for all by sharing the true spirit of Christmas.

Tuesday, Dec. 2: Kathy Crews, Therapy Dogs International

Jane Hansen, bell ringer of the dayWhen/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 2, noon to 2 p.m.

Location: Cabela’s in Rogers

Meet the Ringer: Today’s Bell Ringer of the Day is Kathy Crews. Kathy is a member of Therapy Dogs International. She says being a bell ringer is a great fit for people who work with therapy dogs; they are by definition volunteers and givers, and they want to be able to give back to the community in places where their animal partners can participate, too.

Kathy and her group love seeing the joy on people’s faces when they visit with their animals. Kathy brings that same spirit to bell ringing. She says the best part is seeing the smiles on people’s faces and being able to touch others in a positive and loving way, without any expectations in return. She says it is about giving back and paying it forward, while spreading cheer and joy.
This photo shows Kathy and two other members of Therapy Dogs International, Chapter 125. Kathy lost this Golden Retriever, Phoebe in May. She has another dog, Rosie, who was just certified as a therapy dog.

Thanks for ringing, Kathy and friends!

Monday, Dec. 1: Jane Hansen, Champlin Park High School Leo Club

BROD-Dec 1-300x200When/Time: Monday, Dec. 1

Location: Cub Foods locations in Champlin and Brooklyn Park

Meet the Ringer: Jane Hansen is the advisor of the Champlin Park High School Leo Club, a service organization sponsored by the Dayton Lions Club. The group formed six years ago with 35 students, and has since grown to 235 members.

The Leos have been bell ringing for The Salvation Army since 2009. This Christmas season they are signed up to ring 40 hours at Cub Foods locations in Champlin and Brooklyn Park.

Hansen said the kids are always looking to do service projects that make a difference. They love bell ringing because it not only gives them a chance to set a good example out in the community, but they also get to interact with their neighbors. Plus, Hansen said, they love knowing that the money they raise goes to help local people in need.

Thanks for ringing, Jane and the Leos!