Frequently Asked Questions:
How does it work & where do I go?Please do not ask shoppers to make a donation to the kettle, or comment on the amount that was donated.
Please do not take money from any shoppers, we ask that all donations be made directly to the kettle.
Please do not eat while on the kettle.
Please do not talk or text on a cell phone while ringing on a kettle.
Please do not smoke while on the kettle.
Please make sure that you wish shoppers a “Merry Christmas” and be sure to thank people for their donation.
Sign up at http://www.registertoring.org/salmich for a time, date, and location that are convenient for you. After your timeslot has been selected simply follow the instructions listed on your confirmation email. This will let you know the details of your specific bell ringing location.
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.
What if I have to reschedule?
If you find you are unable to make your scheduled ringing time please call the contact at the number listed on your confirmation email.
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 at the number listed on your confirmation email.
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.
do I contact in an emergency?
If you have an emergency while ringing please call the person listed on your confirmation email, at the number listed.
Can I bring my dog?
Even if your pet is a favorite with all your friends, not everyone is comfortable being near a dog. We ask that you leave your dog at home while you are volunteering at the kettle so that all shoppers can feel comfortable entering the store and giving at the kettle. Assisting dogs for people with disabilities are permitted.
What is the minimum age?
Everyone of any age is welcome to ring at the kettle! We do ask that youth under the age of 16 must have their parent’s permission to ring and that under the age of 14 will have adult supervision while volunteering.
Can I give out Christmas treats/gifts to shoppers?
We ask that while you are volunteering you do not give items such as candy canes, flyers or other items to shoppers. As part of our agreement with the stores, we are not allowed to give out items or promotional materials at the kettle.
Can I play music while I am bell ringing?
The majority of stores permit live Christmas music at the kettles, but ask that radios and CD/MP3 players not be allowed.