Bell Ringing Basics:
*Bell Ringing begins in November and ends on December 24th, excluding Thanksgiving and Sundays.
*Sign up for a time, date, and location that are convenient for you.
You may ring as long as you want, however, we do ask that you take at
least a two-hour shift.
*You also may ring as many times as you like, but if you’re going to
sign up for more than five consecutive shifts please call our office at 507-288-3663 ext 118 and we will be happy to sign you up.
*After you’ve signed up go to your appointed location. A properly
identified Salvation Army official will bring you a kettle and bell,
and when your shift is over they will come and get it from you. If you are unsure that the person
is from The Salvation Army ask for proper identification. Sometimes the drivers are
running a little bit behind – if you have been there for over 15
minutes, call the emergency numbers attached to the kettle stand.
Scheduling a Shift:
You may look for available slots prior to logging in, but you must log in to
reserve a shift. Click the
Not Registered Yet? link to register for the first time.
Click the SEARCH button to begin.
- Select a
date other than today’s date.
- Select a
time period (before noon, noon to 6:00 p.m., after 6:00 pm or anytime).
- Select a
city or select multiple cities if you are available to ring in more than one
Next, click BEGIN SEARCH. A list of open shifts will display. You can reserve more than one
shift at a location. Click on the
Map link to view the location of the Red Kettle site. If you do not see the location/shift you desire, try using the
ADVANCED SEARCH button.
Click the check box next to the shift(s) you would like to
volunteer for, and then click the RESERVE button.
Confirm or cancel your shifts by clicking on SELECT or
REMOVE. You may also click
on ADDITIONAL INFORMATION to add more information, such as number of
bells, friend sharing your shift information and any additional information or
instructions you need relayed to The Salvation Army.
Press the SUBMIT button. You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Note, only the registered ringer will receive a confirmation email.
Using the Calendar Control
Select a single day by
clicking on it. You can’t select
multiple days, but you can select the entire week by clicking the > at
the left of the week.
To view availability for the entire month, click on the >> next to the
days of the week.
To display the next month, click on the > in the upper right corner next
to the month. To display the previous month, click the < in the upper
left corner next to the month.
You may edit your contact and login information at any time by clicking on
My Profile. Your
password must be between 6 and 20 characters long and contain numbers, letters
in any combination, but cannot contain spaces.
You may review a list of your bell-ringing shifts by clicking on My Schedule. If you need to cancel a shift, you may do so when reviewing your schedule.
After you have completed your shift, click on the My Totals link to view the amount you helped raise. Please wait a few days after your shift as it takes time to get the Red Kettle funds counted and the money recorded.
Frequently Asked Questions:
does it work?
You sign up for a time, date, and location that are convenient for you. After
your timeslot has been confirmed simply show up at the appointed location. A
kettle and bell will be at your location or take over for the ringer stationed
there before you. Just start
ringing and smiling! Wish shoppers
a “Merry Christmas” and be sure to thank people for their donation.
long do I have to ring?
You may ring as long as you like, but we do ask that you ring at least a
minimum of two hours. We encourage
volunteers to take four hours or more as this helps The Salvation Army manage
sites and volunteers more effectively.
Find someone to share your shift with you.
many people can be at the kettle?
Most kettle sites have limited space.
Groups of more than three people may intimidate potential donors to the kettle. Two
or three people are optimal. No
more than five people may ring at a kettle site at one time.
if I have to reschedule?
If you find you are unable to make your scheduled ringing time please call
507-288-3663 ext. 118 if
it is more than 12 hours prior to your shift. If
it is less than that, call the contact number listed on your confirmation
if the weather is bad?
Bell ringing is very rarely cancelled, but if there is inclement weather, and
you are unsure, please call the contact number listed on your confirmation
do I wear?
Unless it is otherwise noted you will be standing outside so dress
appropriately!!! If it’s cold –
bundle up! Wear lots of layers and
especially good, comfortable shoes. Winter hats or ear muffs are essential and
mittens are better than gloves. Some
volunteers bring a small carpet square or rug to stand on to help their feet
stay warmer and prevent sore back muscles.
if my equipment is late?
Drivers delivering and picking up equipment may have multiple
locations, encounter traffic and may be late.
Please be patient. If the kettle and bell is not
delivered within 10 or 15 minutes of your shift start time, please call the
contact number on your confirmation email.
do I do with the kettle when I am finished?
The kettle is securely locked onto the stand, and only Salvation Army
staff may remove the kettle. If
the next ringer has arrived, give the bell to that person so that he/she may
start the next shift. If no one
has come to replace you or collect the equipment, place the bell next to the
kettle, and you may leave. Volunteers
are not responsible for “standing guard” over the kettle once their shift is
do I contact in an emergency?
Does Bell Ringing count as community service?
If you have an emergency while ringing please call the number on your
confirmation email and/or attached to the kettle stand (if it is a different
number). If it is a
life-threatening emergency please dial 911.
Yes it does!! If
you would like to schedule community service hours please indicate this in the
Special Instructions or Comments field when you select your shift.