LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Wisconsin ranks among the top 10 states for volunteering.
The Corporation for national & community service, a federal agency that promotes public service, reviewed states' volunteer rates between 2010 and 2012. Wisconsin ranked 8th in that study for volunteers.
"I'm standing here, ringing and singing I think people think oh he's putting in a little extra effort and maybe I should put something in the kettle," said Dale Montgomery, who rang bells outside Festival Foods Tuesday.
For 10 years Dale has donated his time to ring bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, but his volunteer work extends beyond the holiday donation drive. He gives his time to various organizations, like WAFER Food Pantry. In total he spends 10 to 12 hours a week helping others.
"I think it gives the person who volunteering a better perspective of what's going on in the community and what the needs are in the community and what the community has to offer other people," Dale said.
Many people share Dale's selfless spirit; 35.6 percent of Wisconsin residents did volunteer work between 2010 and 2012.
And while Dale says he's retired and has the time, volunteering isn't limited to the older generation. Bethany Dunnum and her son, Jaden, ring bells for the Red Kettle Campaign each year.
"I really believe in what The Salvation Army does and trying to teach my son a sense of community and how important it is to give back," Bethany said.
Dale says it's never too early to start giving back.
"It gives them exposure to a giving community and it sets the tone for them, when I grow up I wanna continue to do this."
The Salvation Army is still in need of more bell ringers. You can sign up at ringbells.org.
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