Cookeville Rescue Mission is gearing up for the start of bell-ringing season.
Executive Director Bruce Bailey said that the mission is currently seeking volunteers for two-hour time slots to ring bells for donations. Bailey said that the “Hope Rings Out” campaign serves as one of the biggest contributors to the rescue mission’s funds. He said that as the organization serves approximately 1,000 people each year, it acts as a way for the community to help the community.
“We think of ourselves as the arms of the community to the homeless population,” Bailey said. “Where people can come to get help. They don’t have to have the same Christian faith that we do, we help them regardless. They can get clothing and all that clothing comes from donations from the community. They can get food and all that food comes from donations from the community. So in essence, it is the community partnering with the rescue mission to help people in need.”
Bailey said that when it comes to the bell-ringing, he wants people to consider the hope that they bring to those who need it in the community. He said that the rescue mission thinks of itself as extending the love and compassion of those in Cookeville and the greater Upper Cumberland area.
Bailey said that if people are interested in learning more about the organization, they are welcome to contact them. He said that they can give tours or just sit down and discuss exactly what it is the organization does, and how individuals can best support it.