(10/01/13) - Though the leaves are just beginning to fall off the trees, the sounds of the holiday season are not far off.
The Salvation Army of Genesee County is beginning to round up bell ringers. Two upcoming job fairs aim to fill more than 200 minimum wage positions.
The organization also hopes volunteers will offer their time to ring the bells.
"Volunteers are our life blood. When folks volunteer at the Kettles, they are usually motivated by wanting to do good for the community. They are some of the best kettle ringers," said Major Jon Augenstein, of the Salvation Army.
Augustine says it's a rewarding effort that helps hundreds of families pay their bills and put food on the table.
Janice Wood is looking forward to her third year "at the kettle".
"I just think it's a good way to give back to the community and help this community, we've been kinda hard hit, our economics, and surprisingly enough, Genesee County has been generous in giving," she said.
Bell ringers like Wood are critical in helping the Salvation Army meet its campaign goal.
Last year, thanks to last minute donations, the $450,000 benchmark was met. This year they hope to do better.
If you're interested in dropping off your resume, you're asked to come to the Kearsley Street location in Flint on Monday morning at 9 a.m.
A second job fair will be held on Monday, Oct. 16 at the Beecher Corps on Coldwater Road.
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