Red Kettle Bell Ringing

By Kevin Valine

Salvation Army Capt. Samuel Snyder presents Paul Voorhees with a plaque Wednesday at the Raley’s at Tully Road and Standiford Avenue in recognition of Voorhees’ 20 years as a red kettle bell ringer.
Salvation Army Capt. Samuel Snyder presents Paul Voorhees with a plaque Wednesday at the Raley’s at Tully Road and Standiford Avenue in recognition of Voorhees’ 20 years as a red kettle bell ringer. Kevin Valine [email protected]

When Paul Voorhees rings his bell for the very last time this Christmas Eve at a Modesto Raley’s, The Salvation Army expects he will have raised more than $184,000 for it in 20 years as a red kettle keeper.

Voorhees, 58, has been a fixture at the Raley’s at Tully Road and Standiford Avenue for the last 17 of those 20 years. And on Wednesday, a contingent from The Salvation Army and the grocery store thanked him.

Salvation Army Capt. Samuel Snyder presented Voorhees with a plaque. Voorhees also got a goodie bag stuffed with a box of chocolates, gift cards, a Salvation Army coffee mug, homemade treats and a tiny red bell.

Stephanie Franco, the store’s operations team leader, also was on hand. Franco has worked at the store for a quarter century and has known Voorhees during his entire tenure there.

“Paul is just an amazing individual,” she said. “He is so caring and considerate. His personality is infectious to all our customers, as well as our team members. He’s just a one-of-a-kind guy. ... It’s just not going to be the same without him. We consider him like a team member. We invite him to our team functions during the holidays.”

Voorhees was a little flustered by the attention. “I’m just overwhelmed,” he said when asked for his reaction.

Voorhees said he is on disability and has autism. He said in an interview before Wednesday’s ceremony that he worked as a bell ringer all these years because he believes in The Salvation Army’s mission and the good it does in the community.

He used to live near the Raley’s but moved to Turlock about a decade ago. He lives there with his mother.

Voorhees said he earns $15 an hour as a bell ringer but after 20 years it’s time to hang up his bell, especially because — including his travel time by bus — these add up to 12-hour days, six days a week, over the army’s roughly month-long fundraising campaign.

But Voorhees said he’ll keep ringing his bell until his final shift ends 6 p.m. Friday.

$2 for 2 months

Subscribe for unlimited access to our website, app, eEdition and more

CLAIM OFFER
LIVE_p1223_23wodbkettles04.source.prod_affiliate.11.jpg
In this photo taken Dec. 22, 2010, Salvation Army kettle keeper Paul Voorhees rings his bell and talks to shoppers while Pam Dark of Modesto makes a donation outside the Raley’s store on Tully Road. Voorhees had a scraped head and some bruises he suffered while trying to save his donation kettle when it was stolen from him a few days earlier.

This story was originally published December 24, 2021 7:00 AM.

Source : https://www.modbee.com/news/local/article256765302.html

1018
How much did Modesto kettle keeper raise in 20 years? Salvation Army tells, offers thanks

Source:Modesto Bee

How much did Modesto kettle keeper raise in 20 years? Salvation Army tells, offers thanks

Osteopath Brendon Talbot shares his secret exercise to strengthen your core and lower back

Source:Daily Mail

Osteopath Brendon Talbot shares his secret exercise to strengthen your core and lower back

Of Amazons most popular home fitness products, these 37 are worth the hype

Source:Mic

Of Amazons most popular home fitness products, these 37 are worth the hype

David Beckham shows off his tattooed physique in a white vest as he works up a sweat at F45 class

Source:Daily Mail

David Beckham shows off his tattooed physique in a white vest as he works up a sweat at F45 class

Salvation Army falls short of financial goal; but you can still donate

Source:KENS

Salvation Army falls short of financial goal; but you can still donate

15 Decor and Tableware Picks You Can Buy to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Source:PopSugar

15 Decor and Tableware Picks You Can Buy to Celebrate the Lunar New Year