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How to ring the bells for Salvation Army

Doing the most good

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How to sign up and what to do

  1. Click on the link to access the sign-up page or you can call 931-388-3840 to have a staff person help you.

  2. Select a location, date and time to ring.

  3. Enter all required information so we can remind you of your selection and contact you if there are any issues.

  4. When it is time for your shift, please arrive at least 5 minutes early.

  5. If you are the first ringer of the day, the kettle and stand should be waiting for you. Otherwise, you will take the bells and apron from the person before you.

  6. Continue ringing for your shift.  Someone will relieve you after the 2 hours you signed up for.

  7. If you are the last ringer for the day, a bell captain will collect the supplies. Please do not leave the kettle until they arrive.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Making a Difference

Below is a list of frequently asked questions.  Please feel free to call us if you need more information.


Where does the money go?

The money collected in the kettles goes directly to The Family Center.  We are able to access the funds immediately to help those in need.  At the end of the campaign, we do send 20% of what we collect to our Salvation Army headquarters in Kentucky.  However, throughout the year, Salvation Army conducts fundraisers for us and sends us additional funding.  This additional funding exceeds the 20% we send them, so it is a win-win for our community!

What is the money used for?

The Family Center uses the money raised in the kettles to help Maury County residents with rent and utilities.  We also use it to purchase food for our pantry.  During the holidays, we will use the funds to purchase turkeys and toys if we do not receive enough donations.  None of the money we collect is used for salaries, it is all used to serve our community.

Do we ring when the weather is bad?

Yes, we ring during rain, sleet and snow!  If the location does not have cover, they will let us move inside during extreme weather conditions.  Please check the forecast and dress accordingly.

What is the age limit for ringing?

We want everyone to ring!  Kids, families, groups, seniors! However, children under 16 need to be supervised to be safe.  Parents can sit in cars within eyesight or hang out with the children.

Can we dress up, can we sing and dance?

We love it when our ringers get into the holiday spirit!  Costumes, crazy hats, ugly sweaters and holiday suits are a big hit!  Please be mindful that you are ringing for us, so make sure your attire is appropriate for the public and would not offend anyone.
Yes, you can sing and dance; however please be mindful of the business and their customers.  Music that is too loud or dancing that gets in the way of the entrance may not work for the business.

What if I have problems while I am ringing?

There is a phone number on the back of the sign you can call if you have any issues.

What if the kettle gets full while I am ringing?

We usually have a time where staff switch out the kettles during the day, but if you find the bucket is full, feel free to call the number on the back of the sign, and we will bring you an empty one.

What if no one comes to relieve me?

Our goal is to fill every available slot with volunteers.  If we know there is not a ringer after your shift, a staff person will come and get the bucket.  But sometimes, the next ringer does not show, and we are not aware.  Please wait five minutes and then call the number on the back of the sign, and we will send someone to collect the kettle.  Please do not leave the kettle unattended.

Can I get community service hours for ringing?

Yes, for sure!  We love to have Tennessee Promise students, civic group participants or anyone needing community service hours.  You will need to contact the Family Center to have someone sign off on your hours after you ring.

What if I signed up but can't ring?

Please call us immediately so we can remove you from the schedule and try to fill your spot.

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