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.
Thursday, Dec. 1: Dane Kern
He says this is a yearly event for many of the people in the group who love to volunteer give back to the community. Dane has been in charge of organizing them since 2010…and you can meet him today at 10 a.m. at the Macy’s at Southdale in Edina. Thanks, Dane!
Friday, Dec. 2: Jennifer Cutter
Jennifer says she started bell ringing in 2010 and loves to do it as a way to give back to the community she lives in, works in, and cares so much about. She will be ringing at two locations today from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.: first at Cub at the West End in St. Louis Park, then at Lunds and Byerlys in Golden Valley. Thank you to Jennifer and all the Realtors who are out ringing Salvation Army bells today!
Monday, Dec. 5: Mike Woolridge
Michael says making it festive often encourages people to be more generous. Some people say they had planned to give a dollar, but then they saw the costumes and the good cheer and put in five dollars instead.
You can meet Michael today at King’s County Market in St. Francis from noon to 2 p.m. He has a special music request for KOOL 108: he’d love to hear “Jingle My Bells” by the Tractors.
Thank you to Michael, Anita, and all of our Salvation Army bell ringers!
Tuesday, Dec. 6: Kristi Anderson
Kristi says she likes ringing because it puts her in the Christmas spirit. She plays Christmas music from KOOL 108 while she rings, making it even more fun for people to donate to her kettle. You can meet Kristi today from 3–5 p.m. at the Cub on Northdale Blvd. in Coon Rapids. Thanks for ringing, Kristi!
Wednesday, Dec. 7: Vernon Phillippi
Vern will be ringing today at the Ramsey County Care Center in Maplewood, where he lives. Five years ago, the center requested a kettle for their lobby, and residents volunteer for 30-minute shifts throughout the day. We say a very special thank you to Vern and all of our Salvation Army bell ringers today!
Thursday, Dec. 8: Bradley Worcester
Bradley says bell ringing is a great way to connect with the community and give back. His favorite part of being a bell ringer is seeing little kids run up and donate to the kettle. He will be ringing today from 5–7 p.m. at Cub on Northdale Blvd. in Coon Rapids.
Thank you to Bradley and all of our Salvation Army bell ringers!
Friday, Dec. 9: Bruce King
Bruce says he has the time to bell ring, he loves doing it, and it’s a great way to give back to the community he loves. What a gift to The Salvation Army and the people we serve!
Bruce is ringing today – and nearly every day – from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at Coborn’s in Ramsey. Thanks for ringing, Bruce!
Monday, Dec. 12: Myrna Byrd
Myrna says she had to ask for help from The Salvation Army in the past, and this is a great way for her to give back and help others. She says it’s an amazing feeling and she’s ready to sign up again next year. Myrna will be ringing today from 5–8 p.m. at the Cub on 10th Street in North Oakdale.
Thank you to Myrna and to all of our Salvation Army bell ringers!
Tuesday, Dec. 13: Tom Lucas
Today Tom is in a more fortunate position, and he believes bell ringing is a great way to help others in his community. He says he loves the smiles and encouragement he gets from people who donate – he particularly loves seeing parents teach their kids about putting money into the kettle.
Thank you to Tom and all of our Salvation Army bell ringers!
Wednesday, Dec. 14: Amy Fuller
Amy teaches her students to support The Salvation Army because – in her words – the charity offers hope to those who have the least, those who are lost, and those who have been left out. She says the students love to bell ring and encourage others to do the same.
Thank you to Amy, her students, and all of our Salvation Army bell ringers!
Thursday, Dec. 15: Lisa Kittel
Lisa tells us that she loves both being a bell ringer and donating to kettles. She says a Christmas without kettles would be like a Thanksgiving without turkey and stuffing. Her favorite part of bell ringing is connecting with the community as they donate to the kettle, and sharing a smile as they work together to support people in need. You can meet Lisa and her Rotary Club friends today at Cub in Stillwater from 4–7 p.m.
Thank you for ringing, Lisa!
Friday, Dec. 16: Noreen Chrysler
Noreen tells us that bell ringing is a favorite event both for her and the students. They enjoy chatting with people and making it fun to donate to their kettles. Noreen loves that ringing also teaches the kids about making a difference in their own community.
Noreen and the students will be ringing today from 4–8 p.m. at the 50th Street entrance of Lunds & Byerlys in Edina.
Thank you for ringing, Noreen!
Monday, Dec. 19: Rick Saf
Rick’s favorite part of being a bell ringer is seeing little kids run up to the kettle and drop their money in. He loves how their faces light up and hearing parents teach them about caring for others. He will be ringing today from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Cub on Northtown Drive in Blaine.
Thank you to Rick and all of our Salvation Army bell ringers!
Tuesday, Dec. 20: Debbie Beck
Debbie loves to ring. She says her favorite thing is singing and dancing at the kettle, having a great time with her friends, and helping so many people with the donations they bring in. She loves the challenge of getting people to smile and laugh while she rings, and that helps fill up her kettle, too. She will be ringing tonight from 6–8 p.m. at the Cub on Diffley Road in Eagan.
A big thank you to Debbie and all of our Salvation Army bell ringers!
Wednesday, Dec. 21: Mark Dreyer
Mark says he loves volunteering as a bell ringer because The Salvation Army has a piece of his heart, and because it makes him feel great to help Do the Most Good! Mark and his crew will be ringing today at the Lunds & Byerlys in Wayzata from 6–8 p.m.
Thank you to Mark and to all of our Salvation Army bell ringers!
Thursday, Dec. 22: Barbara Stahl
Barbara says she loves seeing children give to her kettle, knowing that every donation adds up to really helping her community. She will be ringing today noon until 6 p.m. at the Cub on Robert Street in West Saint Paul.
Thanks for ringing, Barbara!
Friday, Dec. 23: Noni Hiedemann
Noni says she grew up lucky to have everything she needed, adding that she was even more fortunate to have a family that believed in giving back to others. She has continued that tradition in her own family, involving her kids and grandchildren as Salvation Army bell ringers, too.
You can meet Noni and her colleagues today from 6-8 p.m. at Cub on Travelers Trail in Burnsville. Thank you to Noni and all of our Salvation Army bell ringers!