Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
The tinkling and clanging of bells that meets the ears while shopping this time of year is unmistakable. These merry sounds are telltale signs of the holiday season, but they also have another meaning – someone is in need.
As Christmastime approaches, the Salvation Army stations Red Kettle bell ringers near store entrances to drum up support and assistance for people who need an extra boost of assistance. Approximately 500 volunteers throughout central Ohio participate in this popular way to give back to the community. They unite as individuals, companies, and other groups with the same selfless goal.
This year, 19 Ohio Basement Authority employees joined the ranks of these volunteers.
Our team members paired up for bell-ringing shifts on Dec. 18 at two Kroger locations in Gahanna.
“The locations are great. Our office used to be just down the road,” said Ohio Basement Authority Owner Doug Secrest, who volunteered at the South Hamilton Road Kroger store. “We filled the kettle up and could hardly fit any more money in it. This is a great way to help.”
Combined, donations from the two kettle locations manned by Ohio Basement Authority team members totaled $853.13. We matched the donation to help the Salvation Army of Central Ohio reach its $600,000 fundraising goal.
The money raised in local communities remains local to help people in our own neighborhoods. Area Kettle Coordinator Debbie Luffy said the organization raised $600,000 through last year’s campaign and was able to serve 109,000 people throughout the year with various needs. These included food, clothing, shelter, after-school and career assistance programs, and many more outreach efforts.
Luffy said some of the people assisted by the local Salvation Army regularly step up to volunteer, as it often is their only means of giving. The organization also hires many other bell ringers to help get them back on their feet.
There are so many wonderful ways to pay it forward to help others, and Jennie Mason was pleased our company chose this project to make a positive impact.
“This was my first bell-ringing experience. It helped me feel the real meaning of Christmas, which is about giving to others and not about getting gifts,” she said. “After losing my mother this year, it gave me back the true perspective of family, giving, and pride in our company, Ohio Basement Authority.”