Salvation Army uses donations, jobs to help during holidays - WNEM TV 5

Salvation Army uses donations, jobs to help during holidays

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Salvation Army red kettle bells are a familiar sound during the holiday season.

Shoppers drop change or a few bills to donate to those in need. But first the Salvation Army looks to help those who need a job by hiring bell ringers, according to Capt. Caleb Senn with the Genesee County Salvation Army.

“We want to be able to offer them some employment and have some funds to help themselves,” Senn said.

Bell ringers are usually made up of volunteers.

But for about the last 25 years, the Salvation Army in Flint has been recruiting seasonal employees like Dan McAvoy to help with the campaign.

"They are a wonderful organization. I enjoy working for them, they're just awesome," McAvoy said.

McAvoy has worked for the Salvation Army for 11 seasons now.

He also works as a writer, and said it helps to have the extra income around the holidays.

“Pay my bills and everything and help my family,” McAvoy said.

The Salvation Army said hiring red kettle bell ringers is just another way they are giving back this holiday season.

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