December 14, 2006
The Salvation Army bell literally rings in the holiday season.
People can hear and see them outside almost every shopping center in America, trying to get their attention to donate to those less fortunate.
In Charlottesville, the Salvation Army is looking to raise $100,000 this season to go towards its annual operating budget of $1.5 million. It is relying on the help of a hundred volunteers and workers to ring the bell to raise that money.
The workers fill in the gaps where there aren't enough volunteers. They make about minimum wage, and many of them put a face on who the donations help are Salvation Army recipients themselves.
Clarence Stovall is one of those workers and he says he rings the bell not to earn money, but to show his gratitude for the Salvation Army, which gave him a home when he didn't have one.
"The Salvation Army gives me a place to sleep and three meals a day. I am very thankful," he said.
The charity has until December 23rd to raise the remaining $30,000 to reach its goal of $100,000.