Jingle Bells for United Way

Every Thanksgiving Season the bells start ringing for United Way in St. Francois County! Since 1988, bells have rung out at wishing wells in the Parkland area to benefit agencies in St. Francois County that directly help our neighbors.

United Way counts on the generosity of people in our area to not only give a donation to the wells, but to give their time to ring those bells. Businesses, civic groups, churches, families, and individuals can volunteer.

To sign up, click on the volunteers section and all of the various bell Ringing locations will Pop Up. Simple pick out the site that you would like to ring and follow the directions to set yourself up for a fun and rewarding time. OR contact Clay Whitener, executive director of the United Way of St. Francois County by writing to director@unitedwayofsfc.org or call at 573-760-8929.

I am already working on the calendar for the 2019 “Bell Ringing Season” and will post it to the public as soon as I can get all of the agencies scheduled. We will need many more ringers for this next season as we are going to add four more ringing locations. This will hopefully add a considerable amount of revenues to this fund raising event. Remember The More We Take In, The More We Can Give Out To Our Neighbor’s In Need.

All of the money raised at the wishing wells goes toward funding local agencies and charities through grants given out by United Way, and in 2018 for example, United Way gave out $163,000 to 33 local agencies and organizations. Whether it’s a donation at the wishing well, or through a payroll deduction or helping out with ringing the bells, all of it goes to making St. Francois County a better place! This year we raised over $33,000, this would not have been possible without your help and support.

Keep us in mind for next season as we are going to have 8 locations rather than just 4, Which means we will really need your help!

The more we ring the more make and the more we make the more we can give!