Indiana Parolees Working as Salvation Army Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army is turning to an unlikely recruiting source for its holiday bell ringers.

Indiana parolees are now some of the people you will find asking for donations.

The organization says it was short volunteers and had to find a way to fill the holes.

A judge approved the plan and all of the parolees are non-violent offenders.

The Salvation Army says the program helps everyone.

Parolees can work off their community service while helping those in need.

Major Richard Hartman of the Salvation Army stated, "It's not just a fundraiser but a ministry that when you are out there ringing that bell, wishing people Merry Christmas, you're giving back to the Community."

The Salvation Army red kettles have been modified this year.

They are now locked so you can not grab a bucket and walk away with it.

So far, the parolee program has been problem free.


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