Christmas bells are ringing
One metro-area group has a holiday song in their hearts, and it shows.
Members of the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble (https://www.okcbells.com) ring their bells for a good cause each Christmas season.
Pat Birney, the ensemble's treasurer and mini groups coordinator, said the ensemble traditionally performs Christmas carols and other holiday favorites as they man Salvation Army red kettle stations in the metro area. Birney said the group typically performs outside a Hobby Lobby in the north metro area, a Hobby Lobby in the south metro area, plus Bass Pro in Bricktown.
She said another favorite kettle station is Will Rogers World Airport.
"It's so much fun to welcome people to Oklahoma City with ringing bells and Christmas cheer," Birney said.
She said the ensemble also plans to perform several Christmas concerts, with the theme "The 12 Days of Christmas" on Dec. 6 and 7 and Dec. 13 and 14.
The group will perform on Dec. 6 at First Presbyterian Church of Lawton, an event the church is sponsoring with Cameron University.
On Dec. 7, the group will perform at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 13112 N Rockwell Ave.
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Birney said the ensemble also will perform at First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, 600 NW 13, on Dec. 13 and at Norman Public Library West, 300 Norman Center Court, on Dec. 14.
Birney said the group's annual spring concert will have an Oklahoma theme. She said it will feature a song that was written with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing in mind. She said the piece will be fitting for the 2020 concert in light of the 25th anniversary of the bombing.
Ring a bell for nonprofit
Meanwhile, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command seeks volunteer bell ringers to man metro-area red kettle stations in Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties. Tuesday marks the official start of the organization's holiday season.The faith-based nonprofit agency relies on bell ringers to bring in money for the organization's variety of programs and services, both seasonal and ongoing.Metro-area residents may sign up as volunteer bell ringers by themselves, or they may sign up as a group of friends, co-workers or as a family and take shifts if they so desire.During the holiday season, the red kettle is The Salvation Army’s biggest fundraiser providing funds to support its programs and services, such as its feeding programs, emergency shelter, and utility assistance.Volunteers may sign up at www.redkettlevolunteer.org. For more information, contact Liz Banks at 405-246-1107.