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Singing Salvation Army bell ringer bringing in the most donations

Salvation Army bell ringers aren't required to sing, but Earlquan Hayes isn’t satisfied asking for donations the traditional way – instead, he chooses to sing.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Salvation Army bell ringers aren't required to sing, but Earlquan Hayes isn’t satisfied asking for donations the traditional way – instead, he chooses to sing.

He volunteers all day, six days a week and he raises more money than almost any other bell ringer in the Syracuse area. His supervisor even moves him from spot to spot to help increase donations at different locations.

“To be honest, I don’t really like ringing the bell that much. I prefer singing,” Hayes said. “Normally, when they hear me sing they all seem to have a smile on their face.”

“Unfortunately, donations at this particular Walmart in Cicero have been down this year, but once we put Earlquan here the numbers have started to go up,” said Keith Davis, with the Salvation Army.

Singing as a way to increase donations is a phenomenon the Salvation Army is well aware of.

Lt. Davis says according to Salvation Army research, a kettle makes a certain amount on its own. Add a greeter and you’ll make 20 percent more. Then, add a bell and you’ll make even more. But you’ll make the most when you have a singer like Hayes.

The Syracuse area, alone, has more than 40 volunteers encouraging kettle donations.
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