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Bell Ringer of the Day

Each weekday 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 ringer. Then, if you’re in their neighborhood, be sure to stop by and thank them for being an outstanding Salvation Army volunteer.

Monday, Nov. 30: Alecia Carr

When/Time: Monday, Nov. 30, 6–8 p.m.

Location: Lunds & Byerlyes in Eagan

Alecia Carr, Bell Ringer of the DayMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Alecia Carr with Living Well Disability Services in Eagan. Alecia has been a Salvation Army bell ringer for two years now, and she says it feels great to be a volunteer. She tells us the best part of being a bell ringer is seeing people give back so generously, because it gives her hope. Alecia will be ringing today from 6–8 p.m. at Lunds & Byerlys in Eagan.

A special thank you to Alecia and her friends at Living Well Disability Services for supporting The Salvation Army!

Tuesday, Dec. 1: Amanda Madsen

When/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6–8 p.m.

Location: Market Plaza in St. Michael

Amanda Madsen and her daughter OliviaMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Amanda Madsen of St. Michael. Amanda has been a volunteer bell ringer for 17 years, starting all the way back in 1998. She says she loves being a bell ringer because it helps spread holiday cheer and provides for those in need. “I can, therefore I do,” she says. Amanda’s favorite part of being a bell ringer is knowing that a little kindness can go a long way.

Amanda will be ringing today at Market Plaza in St. Michael from 6–8 p.m., with her 9-year-old daughter, Olivia.

Thank you for ringing, Amanda!

Wednesday, Dec. 2: Mary Dierbeck

When/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.

Location: Cub Foods in St. Anthony

Mary Dierbeck with Kiwanis Club membersMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Mary Dierbeck with the St. Anthony Kiwanis Club. The group has been bell ringing in St. Anthony for an astounding 40 years.

Mary says she loves The Salvation Army’s values, its commitment to relieving poverty, its services to disaster survivors, and its drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Mary tells us the best part of being a bell ringer is seeing the smiles on people’s faces. She also loves to invite junior members of their service club and says that when she does, the money pours in.

Mary and members of her group will be ringing all day today and tomorrow at Cub Foods in St. Anthony. She is pictured second from the left, holding the red purse.

Thanks for ringing, Mary!

Thursday, Dec. 3: Scott Clausen

When/Time: Thursday, Dec. 3, 6–8 p.m.

Location: Macy’s in Minnetonka, Ridgedale Mall, upstairs

Meet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Scott Clausen, or as he likes to be called, the “Reggae Ringer.” Scott is a longtime friend of The Salvation Army who has been ringing for the past six years, playing reggae music and displaying tropical props during each shift.

Scott Clausen, the Reggae RingerScott says he started bell ringing to give back and to give thanks for all the blessings he has in his life. He tells us the best part of being a bell ringer is seeing the joy on people’s faces when they spot him and the tropical paradise he sets up while he rings.

The Reggae Ringer estimates that he’s had his picture taken 500 times during his years of ringing. He enjoys giving people a Hawaiian lei to take with them – his way of reminding people they don’t need to be in the Caribbean to feel warm inside.

Scott will be ringing in Minnetonka every Tuesday and Thursday in December from 6–8 p.m. outside Macy’s at Ridgedale, upstairs by the Lake Shore Grill.

Thanks for ringing, Scott!

Friday, Dec. 4: Chris Greene

When/Time: Friday, Dec. 4, 6–7 p.m.

Location: Lunds & Byerlys in Woodbury

Chris Greene Bell Ringer of the DayMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Chris Greene with Keller Williams Premier Realty in Woodbury. He’s been a bell ringer for five years now. He says he loves being out in the community, raising money for a good cause, and putting a smile on others’ faces.

We salute Chris and the other Minnesota Realtors who will be ringing for over 250 hours today at Twin Cities metro area kettles for Realtor Ring Day.

Chris will be ringing today at Lunds & Byerlys in Woodbury from 6–7 p.m.

Thanks for ringing, Chris!

Monday, Dec. 7: Ken Gold

When/Time: Monday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.–noon

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

Ken Gold Bell Ringer of the DayMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Ken Gold from St. Paul. Ken is a new volunteer for The Salvation Army this Christmas season, and already he has signed up for 18 hours of bell ringing!

Ken was inspired by a friend, who encouraged him to try bell ringing. Now Ken is hooked. He tells us he loves helping people who are less fortunate. Plus, he says it’s wonderful to watch parents teaching their children to donate to the kettle, and seeing the kids’ faces light up when they drop money in.

Ken will be ringing today at Cub Foods on University Avenue in St. Paul from 10 a.m.–noon.

Ken is pictured with his 13-year-old granddaughter, Francis Jay. Thanks for ringing, Ken!

Tuesday, Dec. 8: Dewey Senneseth

When/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 8, all day

Location: Lunds & Bylerlys in Wayzata

Dewey Senneseth Bell Ringer of the DayMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Dewey Senneseth with the Wayzata Lions Club. He has been ringing with the group for an entire decade!

Dewey tells us he loves to bell ring because The Salvation Army’s mission is to serve, just like the Lions Club. He says the best part of being a bell ringer is seeing the joy on people’s faces when they drop their money into the kettle and share in the Christmas spirit.

Dewey will be ringing today at the Lunds & Bylerlys in Wayzata, where the Lions will be ringing all day long.

Thanks for ringing, Dewey!

Wednesday, Dec. 9: Tim Ramey

When/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2–4 p.m.

Location: Lunds & Bylerlys in St. Paul (Suburban Avenue)

Tim Ramey Bell Ringer of the DayMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Tim Ramey from Cottage Grove. Tim has been ringing for six years now. He tells us he loves being a bell ringer because it allows him to give back to the community. His favorite part is greeting each and every person who walks into the store with a smile and well wishes for a great day.

Tim will be ringing today at Lunds & Byerlys on Suburban Avenue in St. Paul from 2–4 p.m.

Thanks for ringing, Tim!

Thursday, Dec. 10: Ryan Otterson

When/Time: Thursday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Location: County Market in North Branch

Ryan Otterson Bell Ringer of the DayMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Ryan Otterson of Stacy, Minnesota. He has been a Salvation Army bell ringer since 2008. We are grateful to say he has been ringing four days a week throughout this entire Christmas season!

Ryan tells us he supports The Salvation Army because it’s a great way to help his local community. He says the best part of being a bell ringer is connecting with other people, all for a good cause. He wants everyone to know that bell ringing is a lot of fun.

Ryan will be ringing today at County Market in North Branch from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Thanks for ringing, Ryan!

Friday, Dec. 11: Allie Shaul

Meet the Ringer:

Allie Shaul Bell Ringer of the DayOur Bell Ringer of the Day is Allie Shaul. She is a first-time Salvation Army volunteer and will be ringing with her kids, husband and parents at Walmart in Oak Park Heights.

Allie was inspired to ring by her mom and dad, Mark and Sharyn Long. She tells us she is excited to bell ring as a great way to teach her kids about the importance of volunteering and to help support The Salvation Army. Allie says she is most excited to spend time together as a family bell ringing and spreading Christmas cheer.

Thanks for ringing, Allie and family!

Monday, Dec. 14: Mona McKenzie

When/Time: Monday, Dec. 14, 10a.m.–noon

Location: Jerry’s Foods in Eden Prairie

Mona McKenzie Bell Ringer of the DayMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Mona McKenzie from Eden Prairie. She’s been a Salvation Army bell ringer for five years. She tells us she volunteers at the kettle because she loves The Salvation Army’s mission to help the community and enjoys spreading the joy and blessings of Christmas.

Mona says the best part of being a bell ringer is meeting truly wonderful people. She particularly loves seeing children give at the kettle; she even brings her own jar of change to give them the opportunity to donate and to teach them about the importance of giving to others.

Mona will be ringing today at Jerry’s Foods in Eden Prairie from 10 a.m.–noon.

Thanks for ringing, Mona!

Tuesday, Dec. 15: Lindsay Cooley

When/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.

Location: Valley Creek Mall in Woodbury

Lindsay Cooley Bell Ringer of the DayMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Lindsay Cooley from Farmington. This is her second year of bell ringing.

Bell ringing is a new love for Lindsay, she says, because it feels wonderful to help the community and change lives. Plus, she added, it’s just fun and the sound of the bell always puts a smile on her face. Next year, she plans to bring her three kids, Talon, Ayla and Brecken, to ring with her and create a new family tradition.

Lindsay will be ringing today at Valley Creek Mall in Woodbury at 10 a.m.

Thanks for ringing, Lindsay!

Wednesday, Dec. 16: Dan Shogren

When/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1–3 p.m.

Location: Cub Foods in White Bear Lake (Meadowlands Drive)

Dan Shogren Bell Ringer of the DayMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Dan Shogren from North Oaks. He has been a Salvation Army bell ringer for a whopping 20 years now.

Dan first started ringing as part of a community service project when he was a volunteer for the Big Brother’s program. Although the boy who was his Little Brother and bell ringing partner has grown up, Dan says he still enjoys ringing the bell on his own.

Dan tells us that ringing is a wonderful way to help the community and to have a chance to talk to people who support The Salvation Army.

Dan will be ringing today at Cub Foods in White Bear Lake (Meadowlands Drive) from 1–3 p.m. Stop by and thank him for 20 years of volunteering.

Thanks for ringing, Dan!

Thursday, Dec. 17: Terese Welch

When/Time: Thursday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.–noon

Location: Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis (upstairs, by south skyway)

Terese Welch Bell Ringer of the DayMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Terese Welch (pictured, left) from Minneapolis. She is a new bell ringer this year.

Terese tells us that she has always loved The Salvation Army’s mission and wants to support that in her own way. She says the best part of being a bell ringer is seeing the joy on people’s faces as they celebrate the holidays, while also experiencing how good it feels to give.

Terese points out that there are so many people who need help during the holidays and year-round, and that being a bell ringer is a great way to support The Salvation Army’s mission to serve them.

She will be ringing today at Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis from 10 a.m.–noon. She’ll be stationed upstairs, by the south skyway.

Thanks for ringing, Terese!

Friday, Dec. 18: Suzy Ferguson

When/Time: Friday, Dec. 18, 2–4 p.m.

Location: Lunds & Byerlys in Minnetonka (by Ridgedale)

Suzy Ferguson Bell Ringer of the DayMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Suzy Ferguson from Excelsior. She has been a Salvation Army bell ringer for more than 15 years, taking her first shift when she was a teenager. She now brings her own children with her to ring.

Suzy has a strong connection to The Salvation Army that started when she was a little girl growing up on the south side of Chicago. She was raised by a single mother who relied on The Salvation Army for assistance. One year, her mom saved up and took Suzy downtown to see Santa, at one point dropping some money into a red kettle. After they made their donation, someone stole her mom’s wallet. Her mom panicked and started to cry. Suzy says the bell ringers, who were Salvation Army officers, opened the kettle and gave her mom $20, more than she had put in.

Suzy never forgot that, and says the story still brings tears to her eyes. As a bell ringer now herself, she says there is nothing more magical than standing at the kettle, wishing everyone a merry Christmas and thanking them for supporting The Salvation Army.

Suzy will be bell ringing today at Lunds & Byerlys in Minnetonka (by Ridgedale) from 2–4 p.m.

Thanks for ringing, Suzy!

Monday, Dec. 21: Ronald Cummings

When/Time: Monday, Dec. 21, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Location: Cub Foods in Rosemount

Ronald Cummings BROD 12.21Meet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Ronald Cummings from Rosemount. This is his first year as a bell ringer.

Ronald was inspired to ring after listening to KOOL 108 and hearing all about Salvation Army bell ringers. He tells us he is grateful to be alive and able to help, after surviving both a brain aneurysm and a brain tumor. He loves being able to spread the joy of Christmas because he says he is a walking miracle.

Ronald be ringing today at the Cub Foods in Rosemount from 10:30 a.m.–noon. He is pictured second from the left, with (from left) his daughter, Nicole; wife, Kimberly; daughter, Tricia; and son, Matthew.

Thanks for ringing, Ronald!

Tuesday, Dec. 22: Tribute to Jerry Potter

When/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2–6 p.m.

Location: Lunds & Byerlys in Edina

Jerry Potter BROD for Dec. 22Meet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is a tribute to Jerry Potter of Edina. Jerry passed away this year. He was a longtime friend of The Salvation Army, serving on our Twin Cities advisory board since 1990. Jerry had a passion for helping the poor and feeding the hungry. He volunteered in a variety of Salvation Army programs for more than 25 years.

Jerry was also a longtime bell ringer with the Edina Rotary Club. Members of the club tell us Jerry thought the best part of being a bell ringer was wishing everyone a merry Christmas and seeing the joy on their faces as they donated to the kettle.

Members of the Edina Rotary Club will be bell ringing today, in honor of Jerry, at the Edina Lunds & Byerlys on France Ave. from 2–6 p.m.

We are honored to pay tribute to Jerry Potter, his family and the Edina Rotary Club for their many years of support for The Salvation Army.

Wednesday, Dec. 23: Timothy Berry

When/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.–noon

Location: Cub Foods in Minneapolis (Lake Street)

Timothy Berry Bell Ringer of the DayMeet the Ringer: Our Bell Ringer of the Day is Timothy Berry from Waconia. Timothy (front row, middle) has been a bell ringer for two years, along with his family (pictured with him), who are Gospel music singers.

Timothy tells us his family has a project called Caroling in the Hood, where they sing and help bring joy to people in the city during Christmas. He says the gift of song helps people unite in love and grace.

Timothy loves seeing the look on people’s faces when they are uplifted by music and inspired to give to the kettle to help people in need.

Timothy and his family will be ringing today at Cub Foods on Lake Street in Minneapolis from 10 a.m.–noon. Stop by to hear them sing and ring.

Thanks for ringing, Timothy!