PHARR- Proudly sporting their favorite PSJA Raider shirts and Santa hats, more than 150 PSJA North Early College High School students volunteered to be Salvation Army Bell Ringers on Saturday, Dec. 9. 

"It was a good opportunity for kids who haven't done community service before to experience the joy that helping others can bring," said PSJA North ECHS Senior Luciano Jimenez. 

Each year the Salvation Army seeks volunteers to ring bells at various Salvation Army Red Ked Kettle locations to help raise funds to provide necessary services during Christmas time and throughout the year for people in need.  

According to Marcia Ziegler, who teaches AP & Dual Credit Math at PSJA North ECHS and organizes the annual event, this is the 7th year that PSJA students volunteer.  

There were 14 locations covered this year in the cities of Mission, McAllen, Pharr and Edinburg. 

"Last year the locations our students covered raised more than $2,700," said Ziegler who estimates students raised more than $2,500 over the weekend. "This is a blessing for those in need. Our students can feel good about helping others without expecting an extrinsic reward."