Disabled man hopes bell ringing for Salvation Army Spokane will lead to full time employment
SPOKANE, Wash. — The ringing of bells by the Salvation Army outside businesses has become a symbol of the season. In Spokane, over 200 bell ringers were hired this year.
Sam Larson is one of them. Sam lives at the Merry Glen house in Spokane with other disabled adults like him.
They’ve taken over the entryway of the Foothills Yokes and never miss a day of bell ringing!
Sam’s been ringing the bells for four 4 years and says he looks forward to every season, this year even taking double shifts at the supermarket that see him putting in 8 and 9 hour days.
“I love getting paid like ringing the bells and telling people Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” he shared.
Sam’s caretakers say he simply just loves to work. Unfortunately, he’s been struggling to find employment past when bell ringing season ends. He is hoping that someone will see how dedicated he is to his post at Yokes and it will lead to another job!
So far, bell ringers have raised over $300,000 in Spokane during the last few weeks. All of the money collected goes back to Spokane’s most vulnerable that the Salvation Army Spokane serves. Their goal when the finish bell ringing on December 24 is to raise $500,000.
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