Intrinsically Rewarding Christmas Season Job
Bell Ringer (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – January 12, 2019
The Salvation Army (SA) simply asks you to ring its iconic bell, don’t leave the donation kettle unsupervised, assist people with store doors, thank donors, and to wish EVERYONE a Merry Christmas.
You do not experience awkwardness because you do not ask anyone to donate. Everyone already knows the mission of the SA, so they know why you are there. As a shy person, this helped me to do well at this job.
The cold rainy days were the most personally challenging for me, but most places will allow you to move your set up inside the entry on those days.
You do get two 15 minute breaks and one hour lunch. You secure your kettle in a predetermined safe place during these times. All breaks and lunch are to be completed by 4:30. Traffic picks up afterward. I found that for my location, it was best for me to be ready at 3. You begin work at 9AM. The SA collection van comes around between 6-7PM. Many bell ringers ride to and from their location on this van. You can drive yourself if you prefer, which is what I did.
You get a choice of available locations, and you most likely will be able to stay at it the entire season. You choose the areas of town you are interested in working. They are very easy to work with, and at all times the Major treated us respectfully.
I enjoyed my seasonal job as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.
generous breaks, encountering kind people every day, knowing you are making a positive difference in the lives of others
those cold, humid rainy days