Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:13 PM by Katy Harris KXLF News
Updated: Nov 27, 2012 9:08 AM
BUTTE - One of the sounds of Christmas is the familiar sound of bells ringing outside shops and grocery stores.
Butte resident Bill Mackie started his second year of Salvation Army bell ringing. Mackie has always been a giver.
He previously worked in a library and would gladly hand over his own material if the library was out of stock. Today he is busy ringing the Salvation Army bell and opening up doors for Butte Plaza Mall shoppers.
He put on several layers of socks, jackets and shirts to brave the cold for 8 hours.
"I'm just so thankful for anybody who can give whatever they have. I'm just grateful to them for it," says Mackie.
The Salvation Army is hoping to collect at least $3,000 this season. That money will go towards filling a big need of Toys for Tots, and back to school clothing and backpacks.
Clair Little is the local Salvation Army Ambassador. He says, "People are always in desperate need. I would ask of course to supply that need for those that wouldn't otherwise receive it."
About 9 ringers will be found around Butte through the end of the year. You will find them at Three Bears store, Walmart, K-Mart, Safeway and the Butte Plaza Mall.
A Salvation Army bell ringer will be at Albertson's starting December 17th