Panhandling Laws Won't Affect Bell Ringers in Grand Junction
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Panhandling laws are stopping certain charities like the Salvation Army from raising money with bell ringing in parts of Colorado. However, in Grand Junction, it's fair game.
Bell ringers have been banned in certain parts of Colorado Springs during the holidays.
It's because of an ordinance that prohibits any kind of soliciting in specific zones.
In Grand Junction, there's no such thing, so bell ringers are allowed to stay.
Ringers are currently set up in 30 different locations in the city.
They say bell ringing helps one of their biggest fundraisers all year.
"We're very blessed to live in the county that we live in. Also, in Delta and Montrose counties, where we ring the bells, we don't have that law. We've already gotten permission through the national
headquarters or through the merchant where they allow us to ring our bells," said Claudia Jackson, director at the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army says if it wasn't for bell ringers, they would struggle to meet the community's needs.