One legendary football player decided to step up to theplate after the Salvation Army announced that they were short on bell ringers this year.
Former NFL player Tony Dungy was spotted outside of a Publix grocery store this week ringing a bell and collecting donations for the Salvation Army.
According to WFLA, Dungy and his family were seen in Lutz, Florida, with bells in hand and an iconic Salvation Army red kettle beside them.
According to CBN News, the Salvation Army took to social media to thank the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor member and former head coach. The organization wrote, “Thank you so much to Tony Dungy and his family for volunteering as bell ringers for an afternoon.”
They added, “We feel so blessed to have your continued support!”
According to the Salvation Army website, the tradition of the red kettles and bell ringers started 125 years ago and is considered the organizations largest fundraiser of the year. The funds raised through the initiative go to local families who need a little extra help during the holiday season. “Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries or shelter an individual for a night,” the organization notes on their website.
“Red kettles are a Christmas force,” they added.
Bell ringing starts each year in November and ends on Christmas Eve, and while we are quickly closing in on the holiday season, the Salvation Army is still welcoming volunteers. ristm