Have Fun Bell-Ringing, Help Your Neighbors

North Hills Community Outreach uses red-kettle ringing to raise funds for its own programs, but they need volunteers.

Have you found a way to give back during the holidays by giving a little bit of your time? If not, Sparkt's 25 Days of Volunteering is here to help.

On Day 7, here's a "did you know" that's also an opportunity. Chances are you're familiar with the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. But did you know that some non-profits help ring the bell to fund their own programs?

North Hills Community Outreach is one of them. They're a Salvation Army unit, which is why you'll see their volunteers staffing the red kettles at Walmart Gibsonia and Kuhn's Market on Ferguson Road in Hampton. They still need volunteers now through Christmas Eve.

"This is a HUGE fundraiser for us, but we need volunteers!" NHCO Website

NHCO's website says one bell-ringing volunteer can raise between $250-$500 in a two hour shift. By their calculations, $250 translates to enough money for a single mom pay her heat and light bill for a month or two. $300 buys 120 jars of peanut butter for families using their food pantry, or enough for about a fifth of their families to get a small jar of PB each month. $500 can help keep a young family from being evicted if they get behind on their rent, or buy 500-800 cans of soup for NHCO's food pantries, enough to last about 2 weeks.

NHCO calls bell ringing "a perfect opportunity" to volunteer with friends, for a parent and child to volunteer together, or for a group of teens to get in community service hours. To sign up to ring bells at Kuhn's Market, 2412 Ferguson Road in Allison Park, click here . To ring bells at Walmart in Gibsonia, click here . Last we checked there were plenty of open slots!

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