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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!

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Vernon Phillippi

Vern PhillippiOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Vernon Phillippi. At age 86, this is his third year as a Salvation Army bell ringer. Vern is a Korean War veteran who remembers The Salvation Army fondly from his days in the service. He says he also rings in honor of his late wife, Rose Marie, who was a lifelong volunteer during their 62 years of marriage.

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 WorcesterOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Bradley Worcester from Minneapolis. He’s been a Salvation Army bell ringer since 2009 and has signed up to volunteer for 30 hours this year alone!

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

BruceOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Bruce King from Anoka. Bruce has been bell ringing for The Salvation Army for five years now. This year he is scheduled to ring for three hours during nearly every single day of our red kettle season. That’s 72 hours of bell ringing!

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 Byrd Our Bell Ringer of the Day today is Myrna Byrd from Oakdale. Myrna is a first-time Salvation Army volunteer who has signed up to bell ring for 36 hours this year!

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

Tom LucasOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Tom Lucas from Apple Valley. He has been a Salvation Army bell ringer for eight years now. He says he volunteers because his family didn’t have a lot when he was growing up and he remembers what it felt like to worry about having enough food and other basic necessities.

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 FullerOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Amy Fuller from Woodbury Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church. Amy leads the student ministry there and she and her group have been Salvation Army bell ringers since 2006. She has organized five groups of middle school students to ring at different locations around Woodbury tonight from 6–8 p.m.

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 KittelOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Lisa Kittel from Oakdale. Lisa and her group with the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club have been Salvation Army bell ringers for a full decade!

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 ChryslerOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Noreen Chrysler from Edina. She leads the middle school service club from Our Lady of Grace, a group that has been bell ringing for three years now.

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 SawOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Rick Saf from Blaine. Rick has been ringing for 12 years now. He signs up for dozens of hours each holiday season because he says there are so many people in his community who go without and this is a great way to help them.

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 BeckOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Debbie Beck from Apple Valley. Debbie is a Salvation Army board member and is a tireless advocate for the organization. She volunteers for many hours at the kettle every year, and she recruits all kinds of people to do it with her.

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 DreyerOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Mark Dreyer,  a former firefighter with the Long Lake Fire Department. Although Mark is now a firefighter in North Dakota, he has come back to ring with the Long Lake Fire Department once again.

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 StahlOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Barbara Stahl from Inver Grove Heights. Barbara has been a Salvation Army bell ringer for four years now. She adds more hours every year, and this year she is up to 20 hours of volunteering at the kettle.

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 HeidermannOur Bell Ringer of the Day today is Caroline Hiedemann – she goes by Noni – from Burnsville. Noni has been a Salvation Army bell ringer for the past nine years. Even better, she arranges for her coworkers at Heart of City Dental in Burnsville to ring with her, and the company doubles the donations their team brings in at the kettle every year!

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!