In the world of Iowa REALTORS, the first Friday in December is known for one thing: ringing bells. This is traditionally the day when REALTOR members from across the state have taken time from their workday or evening to ring the bells for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. Members of the Northwest Iowa Board have participated since the program’s inception in the state. The group’s one day ring total raised on December 2, 2017 was $1,299.13. Members rang bells from 10 AM to 6 PM at four Salvation Army Red Kettle stations at participating grocery and big box stores in the Sioux City and LeMars areas.
Always a great time, it is easy to see why our members choose to give back to their community in this way. Mark Vos, agent with United Real Estate Solutions, says of bell ringing day, “It’s a great way to interact with the public while they go about their daily routines in our local community while supporting a local cause.” Members do definitely see lots of friends and clients during their two hour shift, which makes the time go quickly.
NWIA member and Keller Williams Siouxland agent Chris Delfs remarked, “Bell-ringing is an easy way to help those in need. It also makes me feel good to see the generosity displayed by others during this special time of year.” Even if it’s frigid cold, the warm spirit of the community always shines through on bell ringing day.
Look for our NWIA members out ringing bells again on December 7, 2018.