"Slow-go doesn't mean no go."

Or to put it this way: "(God) knows what he's doing. He knows the value of every penny we'll collect."

Those were among the phrases Salvation Army Service Center Executive Director Donna Harris used Saturday in describing a "desperate" need for volunteer bell-ringers for the Red Kettle Campaign in the Brownwood-Early area. But

"We definitely, desperately need help," Harris said by phone as just two locations that are intended to have bell-ringers outside the main entrance and grocery entrance at Wal-Mart actually had them Saturday.

The other locations where bell-ringers were supposed to be stationed Kroger, Brookshire's and Heartland Mall had none on Saturday, nor did they on Friday, the opening day of the Red Kettle Campaign.

Today isn't a problem, because the Salvation Army doesn't have bell-ringers on Sunday, Harris said. But Monday that's another issue. Currently there are enough bell-ringers to only partially staff the Wal-Mart entrances throughout the day.

"This is unusual," Harris said. A couple of factors are causing the problems in having enough bell-ringers scheduled at the locations. "We had problems getting all of our legal contracts together," Harris said, adding that this was a problem at the national level and "an issue out of our control."

Another factor: it took longer than usual to get clearance for the new Red Kettle Campaign coordinator, Harris said.

Anyone who wants to volunteer to ring the bell can call Waymon Childress at 325-998-0082 or Harris at 325-203-0766.

Harris said, though, she's confident the difficulty in finding volunteers means God is "getting ready to move mightily."