A father-daughter duo team in Petal are using their voices and their bells to raise money for the Salvation Army.
Ed Norris and his daughter Ashley Wedgeworth bell ring and sing outside most of the big retail stores in Petal and collect money for the Salvation Army Red Kettle.
“This collage of everything that makes up America just passes by the kettle every year and you get a feeling of what people are feeling,” Norris said.
Norris has been a bell ringer for 12 years, but this is his third season ringing with his daughter. They ring five to six days out of the week.
“It gives us a chance to participate,” Norris said. “This is a ministry. It’s not a social program and it’s to spread the love of Jesus around.”
“I like ringing because it’s fun,” Wedgeworth said.
Ashley was born with serious health complications. Doctors told her parents she would never be able to walk or talk.
She is now 22 years old and a graduate of Petal High School.
“She’s like miracle child,” Norris said. “Every place they said she couldn’t, she excelled as she can. She has her bearing in life. She understands what’s really important. And she loves Jesus and people.”
Spreading the love of Jesus to the community helps to keep Norris and Wedgeworth bell ringing year after year.