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Thursday, May 23, 2024

It’s that time of year: Salvation Army of Greater Williamsburg kicks off Red Kettle Season…and they’re looking for bell ringers

Salvation Army bell ringers/. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of The Salvation Army)
Salvation Army bell ringers/. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of The Salvation Army)

There’s nothing like the sound of bells ringing that brings out the spirit of the holidays.

And perhaps one of the most recognizable sounds – and sight – is a person ringing a bell right next to a red kettle.

The Salvation Army of Greater Williamsburg will kick off its Red Kettle Season on Saturday at Regal New Town Movie Theater, 4911 Courthouse St. in Williamsburg.

It will be at 11 a.m.

If you or someone you know is interested in signing up and would like to reserve a specific location for the Red Kettle, click here.

The season will run through Dec. 24. Red kettles will be stationed at more than 14 locations in Williamsburg. Each Red Kettle location needs a bell ringer, according to a news release from the Salvation Army.

So, they’re hiring.

Part-time shifts will vary between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. There is no bell ringing on Sundays, said Capt. Julio Da Silva, Salvation Army of Williamsburg administrator.

The work environment will be a highly visible public location. This $8 an hour position requires employees to be kind, friendly and engaging with donors, Da Silva said.

This position is partially outside and is subject to cold weather. Applicants are required to wear a mask and gloves — will be provided — at the kettle that will be provided.

Da Silva said background checks are completed before hiring, but having a criminal record does exclude a person from be hired.

“As a religious organization we believe in second chances,” Da Silva said.

Open in-person interviews are scheduled for: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Applicants need to bring two picture IDs. Interviews will be at front building of The Salvation Army at 216 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg.

For more information contact Da Silva at 757- 784 6254.

The Salvation Army also have volunteer opportunities.

You can also call Da Silva for additional information about the 2020 Rock the Red Kettle Kick-Off or The Salvation Army of Greater Williamsburg, or by email at

For those who would like to attend the Red Kettle kickoff virtually, The Salvation Army of Williamsburg has created an online giving option that allows you to operate you own online Red Kettle.

Simply visit here and click the “Williamsburg Kettle” icon at the bottom of the page.


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