Things are different this holiday season, in so many ways. Covid 19 restrictions and concern for vulnerable loved ones will be changing the way we celebrate this year. But for all of the aspects of the holidays that will be different, there are certain things that will be the same. It is still the season for giving to others, and there is still as much, if not more, need in our communities.

11 years ago, Glacier’s very own Scott Clausen discovered one of his favorite ways to give during the holiday season when he became a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. Feeling a desire to find a new way to serve others, he decided to give ringing the bell for the seasonal campaign a try. Since then, it has become a tradition he enthusiastically anticipates and enjoys every year.

Recently, Scott appeared live on a local news channel, WCCO 4 News CBS Minnesota, to represent the Salvation Army by sharing his experience. Watch the clip here!

Scott Clausen Ringing the Bell for Salvation Army

Scott was the perfect choice for this honor, not only for his dedication, but for the unique and creative way he approaches the job. When his family expressed concern that he would be standing outside in the Minnesota cold for long shifts, Scott came up with a fun way to make the experience even more “heartwarming”. Using tropical props, he decided to turn up the heat by becoming the ‘Reggae Ringer’. He began with a simple inflatable palm tree, and has since expanded his festive décor to include a large lighted palm tree adorned with leis, a space heater, and bubble machine, as well as a pelican, flamingo, and dolphin. 

To those considering ways to give and serve, Scott highly recommends becoming a Salvation Army bell ringer, especially this year when the need is so great. Speaking about the experience during the interview, Scott’s message was,

“If you are thinking about ringing the bell, the answer is ‘yes’. We need you to ring the bell. You will see the best part of humanity when you stand here and ring the bell.”

The red kettle campaign has been a cornerstone of the ministry’s mission since 1891. Learn more about how to get involved at RegisterToRing.com.

From all of us at Glacier Technology, we wish you a Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays!

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