MTN News- From Thanksgiving to Christmas you will see them at the supermarkets, retail stores, and major shopping centers.  The Salvation Army bell ringers are much as part of the season as wreaths and mistletoe.  MTN’s Don Dunwell spent some time with a bell ringer who is committed to spreading Holiday joy.

As much as Christmas Carols and Santa’s belly laugh, Salvation Army Bell ringers are a fundamental part of the sounds of the season.  We talked to Don Geddes who is in his 4th year of tolling the bells for the faith-based charity.

He says the secret of putting up with the cold and hours of standing is not letting grumpy people get him down.

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“Good people bring you up and you gotta think this is helping children and needy families.” said Don Geddges, Salvation Army bell ringer.

Salvation Army Lt. Rob Lawlor says bell ringers like Don Geddes are invaluable.

“But when you get a great bell ringer that comes back every year, it really makes my job easier and makes the whole giving season better.” said Salvation Army, LT Rob Lawlor.

“People that are in bad moods see you in a good mood, it cheers them up.” said Lawlor.

What is his greatest memory as a bell ringer?

“It is where I met wife.  I’d have to say that is my happiest moment bell ringing. said Rob.

Most of us remember the line from “It’s a Wonderful Life”, every time a bell rings an angel gets their wings.  Here on earth, whenever a Salvation Army volunteer rings a bell, it sends of hope to the less fortunate.  Think of God. God just always brings you up.

The Salvation Army is always in need of volunteers.  If you would like to help, call them at (406) 442-8244 or visit their website


Reported by: Don Dunwell