NC man gives back to Salvation Army with 145 hours of bell ringing this holiday season

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Volunteer Robert Pender says he doesn’t do anything special to get donations.

“I don’t dance, I don’t sing,” said Pender.

The Salvation Army of Durham, Orange and Person counties would beg to differ. Pender will ring a bell and collect kettle donations for 145 hours this holiday season.

“I started on Black Friday this year,” said Pender.

He started  volunteering for the Salvation Army 15 years ago to give back to the organization that helped his family when he was a child. This is the second year Pender will ring five hours a day, every day throughout the holiday season.

“Mr. Pender is amazing. Last year he brought in $7,000 on his own,” said Katherine Bellamy of the Salvation Army of Durham, Orange and Persons counties.

“All I do is speak to them and greet them. That is all I do,” said Pender.

No matter the temperature, Pender says he will finish out the year strong.

“I hope I can do it until I can’t do it anymore,” said Pender. “As long as I can stand here and ring, I want to ring.”

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