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      Keep the bells ringing in Quincy and Hannibal

      It's a familiar sound during the holiday season, bells ringing at every shopping corner in Tri-States.

      The Salvation Army in Quincy needs volunteers and paid workers for this year's Red Kettle Campaign . Staff will hold two training sessions this week for paid positions on Thursday at 3 p.m. and Friday at 10 p.m. at the Kroc Center. You must bring your social security card and a photo I.D. to attend. Background checks will take place for people wishing to get paid for the job. This is not a requirement for volunteers.

      "Just give us your time. That's all we're looking for," Alisa Elkins with the Quincy Salvation Army said. "The funds that we gather through our campaign for the holiday season actually take us through the entire year."

      About 93 cents of every dollar goes to organizations within the local community.

      "This is a great simple way to help out those less fortunate," Adam Duesterhaus, a volunteer bell ringer said. "You can get a group of co-workers involved, a group of friends. Get your family involved. Wear some reindeer antlers. Get some Christmas hats on. Go out there and carroll if you'd like. We encourage singing and group participation, so it doesn't just have to be you. Get everyone involved and it can be a wonderfully festive event."

      Applications for Quincy and Hannibal are now available. You can pick one up at the Kroc Center Welcome Desk, at 405 Vermont Street in Quincy, or log onto ringbells.org .

      The positions are considered part-time, starting out with 2 hour shifts, and applicants must be available from the ??First Day of Kettles?? on Nov. 15 to Dec. 24.