Salvation Army of Winchester holds kettle bell kick off

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You know Christmas time is coming when you hear Salvation Army volunteers ringing their red kettle bells.

Winchester’s Salvation Army pushed through the snow to officially kick of their bell ringing season with a ceremony. 

“Rain snow or shine we’re out, we go on because we have to, we want to, and for us it doesn’t matter, it brings the Christmas spirit if you ask me,” said Captain Kelly Durant.

Warren Roy lives in Woodstock, and is entering his 4th bell ringing season in Winchester. Roy says he doesn’t mind the travel time or time spent outside of businesses raising money for the less fortunate.

“I love going out there daily and ringing that bell and telling people, ‘have a great day and a merry Christmas’ and thanking them and god blessing them whenever they put money in,” said Roy.

Captain Kelly Durant says starting today, volunteers will be outside of 22 locations around Winchester.

“A lot of people help us two hours, four hours, some of them eight hours but we have about 60 volunteers and actually we could use about 100, to fill the hours,” said Durant.

The ceremony included the traveling Salvation Army band who played Christmas classics to help people get into the Christmas spirit. Durant says to have a Christmas spirit, one also has to have a giving spirit.

“You meet the people face to face, we see little children, we see parents, which is an amazing legacy to leave to your children, teach them to give,” said Durant.

You will be able to hear those bells from now until December 24.

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