Each year, millions of people pass by
countless red kettles and bell ringers
raising money for the Salvation Army.
Many people see the ringers as
distractions, some find joy in giving,
and others see a meaningless and
In this compelling and simple
children’s story, The Bell brings to life
a small hand bell creating a central
character named Bella. Helpless and
afraid, Bella is certain she will never
make a sound again unless someone
can help restore her as a beautiful
ringing bell. Read more
About Scott Cornwell
Scott Cornwell was volunteering at a Salvation Army
bell ringing station at the Mall of America in 2005
when he noticed his bell had a broken stem that had
been repaired with a washer and some wire. As he rang
the bell and watched as donors placed change in the
kettle, Bella was created.
The story of Bella happens every day. Thousands of
lives are touched and transformed beginning with the
hope and efforts of volunteers and the generosity of
those who give to the Salvation Army.
Excerpt from the Book
Stored in a dusty wooden box sitting high atop
a shelf, there lived a small hand bell named
Bella. Bella lived with other bells who all
looked exactly the same.
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