Volunteer bell ringers will be collecting donations through December 31, and the money raised will assist families in Marion, Ralls, Lewis, Monroe and Shelby counties with utilities, rent, medicine and transportation.
Bell ringers and the familiar red kettles will be posted outside businesses in the metro area.
"It's very important to ring because this is the only fundraiser we have for the whole year, and if we don't have ringers at those kettles, we're missing out", said Debbie Floriano, Dickinson County Kettle Coordinator.
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There are five time slots of two hours available every day until Christmas Eve. "People say they love the banjo, and they're blessing a lot of people by doing this".
"The kettle donations is a remarkable way to make tons of money to help the community".
According to Shipley, he's been playing the banjo for almost half a century and loves that his passion for the instrument can help raise money for a good cause. The funds also will support the Salvation Army food pantry and be used to provide children with toys on Christmas.
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