The winter weather is not stopping Salvation Army bell ringers from doing their jobs this holiday season.
Frank Kilbourn has been a bell ringer for the past 7 years. Salvation Army officials voted him Columbiaâ??s top bell ringer for the past 6 years. Kilbourn has faced snow, sleet, rain and single digit temperatures. He doesnâ??t mind as long as people spare some change.
Kilbourn said, â??As you can see, Iâ??ve got on my nice little hat here. Iâ??ve got on thermal underwear. Iâ??ve got on a heavy thermal shirt here.â??
Across the street from Kilbourn, Hy-Vee managers allow bell ringers like Kimberly Hendren to work inside. Hendren dances to Christmas music played from her cell phone and gives candy to those that give to her.
Hendren said, â??Right across the street over there at Wal-Mart I can see them standing outside. I really feel sorry for them but I will not give up my spot.â??
Both Kilbourn and Hendren said collections are down this year. They donâ??t know if people are tighter with their money because of the economy or if they just donâ??t have it in their hearts to give.
The Salvation Armyâ??s fundraising goal for Jefferson City this year is $263,000.
They hope to collect $390,000 in Columbia.