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Bell ringers needed for United Way

The United Way of St. Francois County is looking for bell ringers to fill some gaps in the schedule for this final week.

Executive Director Clay Whitener says sign-ups are especially needed at both doors of the Farmington Walmart location.

“We’re down to the wire … we have a few hours left,” Whitener said. “There’s about 70 to 80 hours left. The more (the bell ringing) is open, the more money we make and the more we can give away.”

All money raised through the bell ringing campaign goes to the total amount available for grants awarded to agencies in St. Francois County.

This year, bell ringing locations include River Mart in Park Hills and Desloge; Walmart in Farmington and Schnucks. Bell ringing hours differ by location.

More than 1,000 bell ringers are needed to fill the bell ringing assignments. Many area churches, financial institutions and civic groups are the first to sign up to ring the bell.

“This is a monumental community effort and we actually begin working on bell ringing in September,” said Whitener. “So, if you are a member of a student group, sports team, retirees group or simply family and friends, this is a wonderful way to serve the community.

“It’s also a terrific way for parents and grandparents to teach children about volunteering. And, just a reminder the kettle money stays right here to serve St. Francois County residents.”

Whitener invites community members to contact him to sign up to ring the bell. Ringing runs through Dec. 23.

A link can be found at unitedwayofsfc.org by clicking on the volunteer section, with link to Bell Ringing 2017. Simply choose the bell ringing location and follow sign-up instructions. Or contact Whitener at 573-315-6883 or by email at director@unitedwayofsfc.org.

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