POSTED: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 7:16pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 8:25pm
Tyler, Texas — Donations are down at the Salvation Army this year, and they aren't getting enough volunteers either.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and they have actually started paying people to bell-ring at the red kettles this year.
Adolph Aguirre, Core Assistant at the Salvation Army in Tyler, tells KETK that the donations they receive from the kettle bell's are essential to funding all of their programs, and helping feed the needy.
He says if they don't have volunteers ringing the bells, then people won't donate. And since they have seen a significant decline in bell-ringing volunteers they have been forced to pay people to do the work.
They say they are still majority volunteer based, but when they don't have a volunteer for a specific bell-ringing location, they "plug in" a paid worker to take over that area.
If you would like to volunteer as a bell-ringer please visit this website: