Man commits to giving back to Salvation Army

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This is the season of giving, and one Minnesota has made giving back his mission — especially during the holidays — to support the Salvation Army.

If you’ve been out to Mall of America during the holidays, you’ve probably seen Steve Seltz.

Seltz has his spot staked out in front of the east entrance of the mall and has been at that spot, with a bell in hand, for the last 30 years.

He spends eight hours a day, six days a week at that spot, and never gets tired of the ringing bell, saying he’s proud to give back.

“Getting people’s attention and introducing them to the program of what Salvation Army does for the area, it’s a way to pass my time for an organization I believe in,” Seltz replied when asked what he loves about ringing.

In addition, Seltz is in a wheelchair, because he lives with multiple sclerosis. However, he has never let the disease slow him down.

In fact, the Salvation Army says they’ve seen Steve’s diagnosis motivate him, adding that he is one of their top bell ringers, bringing in as much as $1,000 a day for the organization.

“The amazing thing about Steve is even with the challenges he faces, he’s able to do amazing things. It shows that all of us, everyone, can do something that’s worthy and important,” said Dan Furry of the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army says it hopes people are encouraged by Steve’s story and are inspired to find a way to give back to an organization they’re passionate about this holiday season, whatever that may be.

The agency is always looking for more bell ringers. CLICK HERE for information on how to volunteer.