The Bell Tolls for Thee

TAMPA -

The holidays are almost here, and that means the return of a century-old tradition. Salvation Army bell ringers took their posts last Friday, and more volunteers are needed.

Last year the Salvation Army of South Pinellas County raised almost $200,000 during its holiday bell ringing campaign. The group hopes to top that this season because the fundraiser pays for gifts, meals and shelter year-round, according to coordinator Ronald Gorton.

The budget is expected to be stretched because more people are in need due to the poor economy.

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to staff its 53 kettle locations. All ages are welcome, but volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

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