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Salvation Army Bell Ringer Fills the Red Kettle

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BOZEMAN -

They are a holiday staple standing outside many stores across the country, the Salvation Army bell ringers.

One woman couldn't wait to ring the bell for the first time.

"I've always wanted to do it," said Rebecca Holt.

Holt is ringing the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign for the first time this year.

She said she wanted to share a message.

"I have such a message from God to tell people his love and how much he cares for mankind and I wanted to be an instrument in that teaching," said Holt.

While standing outside Kmart for eight hours a day, ringing the bell, Holt sees a lot of good.

"It really shows the goodness of God," said Holt. "Standing out here, people come up, little children are learning to give."

This year, the Salvation Army has six fewer days to raise money in the red kettle because they don't start until Black Friday, which was about a week later than normal this year.

Because of that, the Salvation Army isn't looking to raise the $40,000 they did last year. They cut their budget back to $38,000.

Holt doesn't think that will stop people in Bozeman or across the state from giving.

"This community gives all that they can," said Holt. "They want to make sure everyone has the same opportunities."

Holt said she doesn't plan on this year being her last standing outside in the cold ringing the bell.

"I would love for the opportunity to bell ring again," said Holt. "I mean it really shows the goodness of God."

The Red Kettle Campaign ends at 2 p.m. Christmas Eve.

If you want to donate to the Salvation Army, you can place cash or check in the Red Kettle, or drop off your donation at the Salvation Army office at the corner of Babcock and Rouse.

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