Bell ringing competition heats up in Nampa

Posted at 6:24 PM, Dec 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 11:11:35-05

Despite it being a cold and wet day, a friendly competition heated things up in Canyon County Saturday.

An annual tradition between the Nampa police and fire departments was held to see who could collect the most money for the local Salvation Army.

Officers and firefighers took turns ringing the bell outside of the Wal*Mart on Franklin Road next to the Idaho Center.

Many times people are in support of both departments, dropping in some change on the way in and out through the second set of doors. The volunteer bell ringers say every penny counts.

"It's a friendly competition going on with the police down at the other end to see who can raise more. It will be us," said Jim Aschenbernner with the Nampa Fire Department.

"They [the Salvation Army] spend their money wisely and do so many great things right here in the Treasure Valley," said Capt. Brad Daniels, Nampa Police Department. "This money doesn't go outside the valley, it stays right here and helps out our community. It's a great opportunity for us to be a part of it."

The competition to see who can collect the most money for the Salvation Army runs clear through to the end of the day Saturday.