LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - You can hear those sleigh bells jingling...
They're Salvation Army bells. You can be sure to hear them every holiday season while entering and exiting your favorite department stores.
"The money that people put in this machine, or into the kettle, are the funds that we use to keep the funds and programs that we have currently going,"said Chantel Millin of the Tyler Salvation Army.
The donations the non-profit organization needs are running a little low.
"Last year to this year, we are at a six thousand dollar deficit,"said Millin.
Some giving stations have even added a credit card reader to increase to amount of donations. Most people want to donate but do not carry cash. Here in Lufkin, bell ringers say their special holiday greetings have been just enough to draw people to the giving stations.
This bell ringer loves to sing. From 'Go Tell it on the Mountain' to 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas,' he says his tunes put people in the giving spirit. His kettle was full.
"I love to do this,"said a bell ringer in front of Hobby Lobby.
She chooses to dance to get shoppers in the giving spirit. Captain John of Lufkin Salvation Army says these gestures are not requirements for the bell ringers, but they certainly do help.
Both bell ringers say they're genuinely happy to be helping others enjoy their holidays.
If you would like to stop by and donate, all proceeds go to the Angelina County Christmas program, Angel Tree, and food and shelter.
The bell ringers will be taking donations until Christmas Eve.