WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - It doesn't matter the weather outside, you see the bell ringers with smiles on their faces making them the faces behind the campaign.
One of the easiest ways to bring cheer to those during the holidays is ringing the bell. The Salvation Army serves more than 25 million people from money raised in the kettles.
Les Sergeant and Joseph Austin have a combined decade of experience. The pair decided to give back to the Salvation Army after they've received help.
Sergeant has been ringing the bell for six years, multiple days a week, he was once on the receiving end.
"I needed a food package at one time, and they helped me out," says Sergeant. "It's all I needed, a helping hand is just great."
Sergeant is now giving back as a volunteer. On the other end of the Cedar Valley in Cedar Falls you'll find Joseph Austin. Austin greets shoppers at the Cedar Falls Walmart six days a week.
"I had to go to them to help me get my medication," says Austin. "That's why I like doing this job, and I like helping people as much as possible."
Austin's favorite part of ringing is chatting with the many people and kids passing by.
"I like talking to people and they say I'm a social butterfly and I am to a certain extent," says Austin.
The Salvation Army is still looking for help this bell ringing season. If you'd like to volunteer click here.