HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of good-hearted, motivated people are wearing their heavy coats and gloves and are standing outdoors for hours at a time to raise money for the Salvation Army over the next few weeks.
They are ringing bells for that organization's annual red kettle campaign to help underprivileged families in the Pine Belt.
You can find them, and hear them, at shopping malls, grocery stores and other locations from now until Christmas.
"It's a way of reaching out and helping someone," said Ed Norris, a bell ringer in Petal. "The more you can give back to the community, the better all of us are," he said.
"When I was younger, the Salvation Army helped me out and it's helping a lot of people now, so, I mean I don't mind doing it," said Vandoria Hardy, another bell ringer in Hattiesburg.
"It's amazing, to have a group of people out there ringing," said Capt. Ronnette Smith, assistant corps officer for the Hattiesburg Salvation Army. "We are able to take the funds that are raised and use them throughout the year," she said.
The first Salvation Army kettle campaign began in San Francisco, California more than 120 years ago.