EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — The Salvation Army of El Paso is desperately searching for bell ringers, due to a shortage of applicants.
Bell ringers are scheduled to greet shoppers during the holiday season to raise money for the Salvation Army, which will go towards people in need. But this year, there aren't as many greeters in the Borderland as usual.
On October 1, the Salvation Army hired more than 200 bell ringers to man their kettles for the holiday season. Today, they have fewer than half of those.
The Salvation Army’s area commander for El Paso said the organization is worried because of the huge shortage and dip in numbers.
“We don’t have enough bell ringers; we need people to come and apply,” said Major Floiran Estrada, the Salvation Army Area Commander for El Paso.
One bell ringer tells us he is shocked at the shortage and how many people didn’t follow through with their positions.
“Why do they do that? Why can’t they see that people are in need and we can help, we can help the cause,” said bell ringer Roberto Hernandez Junior..
This shortage brings a threat to the organization's overall fundraising success.
They are asking you to apply to man their kettles this holiday season, for a good cause.
If you would like to apply to be a bell ringer, click here. Or simply call, (915)-544-9811.