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Kool 108 Bell Ringer of the Day

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

Dane KernOur first bell ringer of the day is Dane Kern from Minnetrista. Dane leads a group of retired Cargill employees called Cargill Cares Alumni. He and this group started bell ringing for The Salvation Army in 2002, and since that time, they have given a staggering 1,800 hours of volunteer time as bell ringers! This year alone, Dane and his friends have signed up for more than 58 hours at the kettles.

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 CutterOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Jennifer Cutter of Edina Realty. She is the managing broker of the company’s City Lakes office in Minneapolis. Jennifer and thousands of other real estate professionals are staffing Salvation Army kettles around Minnesota and the nation today. This volunteer movement started in 2010 right here in Minnesota and North Dakota, and has now become a tradition all over the country.

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

Mike Woolridge Our Bell Ringer of the Day today is Michael Woolridge from Cedar, Minnesota. This is the second year Michael and his wife Anita have volunteered as bell ringers. They love to dress up in costumes, play Christmas music, and even dance at their kettle. It’s a fun way to engage people around them and stay warm!

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 AndersonOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Kristi Anderson from Coon Rapids. This is her second year as a Salvation Army bell ringer, and both years she signed up for an impressive 30 hours at the kettle!

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!