Salvation Army seeks Wabash representative, bell ringers for holiday season

By Eric Stearley

The Salvation Army’s Indiana Service Extension is seeking a representative for the Wabash area. The representative will assist families in need of the organization’s services. He or she will help to decide which families will receive assistance and what kind of assistance is needed. The extension’s northern liaison, Major Gerald Smelser, hopes to have the volunteer position filled by the end of October.

“It’s not a difficult thing, and they can do it on their own schedule,” said Smelser.

Smelser added that the year-round position would likely require an hour or two of work each week, depending on how much money is collected by the organization this holiday season.

As part of the position, the representative will have the responsibility of organizing the bell ringers who collect donations outside businesses between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. In addition to this position, Smelser is seeking volunteers to ring bells at the donation sites.

“We have four weeks to cover, so we need as many people as we can get,” said Smelser.

Groups, organizations and individuals are needed to help with the collections, which will be collected outside Wal-Mart and Kroger in Wabash this year.

Smelser urges individuals interested in being the Wabash County representative and parties wishing to volunteer as bell ringers to contact him by phone at 260-519-5733 or by email him at He would also urge interested parties not to contact the new Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center in Wabash, as they are not directly associated with these positions.

Posted on 2013 Oct 15