GREENFIELD — For those who think the year has flown by, consider this: In four weeks, the sound of Salvation Army bell ringers will begin filling the air in Hancock County.
Salvation Army volunteers have been ringing bells outside stores and on street corners during the Red Kettle Christmas Campaign since the effort’s 1891 inaugural outing in San Francisco. On Wednesday, area residents will be able to start signing up for this year’s campaign when the group’s Hancock County service extension holds its organizational meeting for this season’s drive.
Last year, the local group rang up the second-largest kettle of cash in the state for the second year running, and organizers this year are looking to match the effort. They will need plenty of help.
“We’ve got 900 spots to fill,” said service extension volunteer chairman Jim Peters of the campaign’s five-week schedule.