Now that the familiar sight of colored leaves is gone, it'll soon be replaced with a familiar sound.
In only a couple weeks, Salvation Army bell ringers will be back out, raising as much money as they can this holiday season.
But it's not just donations they're looking for. Starting on November 9th, bell ringers will be out in full force in Portage County. The money they collect goes directly to the Salvation Army based in Stevens Point, paying a third of the bills the organization has each year..
Now, organizers are asking for volunteers to come out, and ring bells at a variety of different locations. For some volunteers, this time of year is a time they look forward to all year long.
Eight year Salvation Army Volunteer, Fred Ellis said he truly enjoys volunteering his time. "You better believe it. Every year I look forward to it. It’s something for everyone to have fun with. The people, they all like me. I’ve got about 1,000 songs in my collection. I can do all kinds of goofy songs. Plus, I know about 40-50 Christmas songs. I not only do Christmas songs, I do sing along songs for people too."
Fred Ellis has volunteered for eight years in a row, he even goes the extra length, dressing up in funny hats, and singing some of his favorite holiday tunes.
Red Kettle Fundraiser organizers say volunteers don’t have to go the extra length, like Fred. They can simply donate a few hours to come out, and ring a bell.
The goal is to hopefully raise $125,000 this year. After raising $121,000 last year in Portage County, that goal can become a reality, with the help of more volunteers.
Each volunteer is asked to work a two hour shift- or longer if they want to.
If you would like to volunteer your time, you can do so by contacting your local Salvation Army. The number for the Stevens Point Salvation Army is: 715-341-2437
The Red Kettle Campaign runs from November 9th through December 24th.