COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The El Paso County Red Kettle campaign is underway, but more bell ringers are needed.
Fewer than 30 percent of the bell ringers in El Paso County this year are volunteers. The nonprofit is using its resources to pay people $9 per hour to man the kettles during its annual effort to collect money for the poor, homeless and other in need during the holidays.
"“It’s a catch twenty-two. We pay people who may not otherwise have a job for the holidays to ring at locations where we don’t have volunteers,” said County Coordinator Major Richard Larson. “It’s a good service to the community, but the paid workers tend not to be as enthusiastic as volunteers, and their kettles don’t bring in as much money,” says Larson.
There are 70 kettle locations in El Paso County.
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