If you dropped change into a Salvation Army red kettle in Omaha Friday, Dec. 14, odds are good you interacted with a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employee.

BCBSNE had 63 employees volunteer as bell ringers at 10 locations for the company’s annual Salvation Army bell ringing day.

Many of this year’s volunteers were seasoned bell ringers, including Jeni Alm, who has been volunteering to ring bells through the company for more than a decade.

“It’s fantastic,” Alm said. “I love seeing people come and spread some holiday cheer.”

BCBSNE employee Michele Hagen, also a bell ringing veteran, enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather while volunteering.

“I just like being out here with the people,” Hagen said. “I think it’s a nice way to give back.”

Volunteers rang bells in two-hour shifts. The funds raised support local Salvation Army programs, according to the Salvation Army’s website.

BCBSNE gives back to the community during the holiday season in a variety of ways, including Adopt-a-Family and Channel 94.1’s annual diaper drive.

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