Salvation Army bell ringer brings smile and cheers to folks this holiday season

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) The bells are ringing as the Salvation Army continues to help needy families. 

A Monroe man is making it his mission to join the cause.

Eric Butler braves the cold weather with a smile on his face while ringing a bell outside Brookshire's on North 18th Street in Monroe.

Butler says, "Standing out here in the cold, it's worth my while. It's good though."

He sits out there six days a week, eight hours a day. He helps out with the Army's Red Kettle Program, one of the Army's biggest fundraisers of the year with money going toward food and shelter for families. Butler says he enjoys supporting the cause.

"To help the less fortunate families get something during the holidays and try to participate and give them my little blessing during the holidays,' he says.

Years ago, his life changed after getting shot in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down, but he doesn't let that slow him down. He always finds ways to give back to others.

"It must be meant for me to be ringing this bell every year for the Salvation Army. If I wasn't, I wouldn't be back. I left Monroe," said Butler.

Captain Jerry Casey even says Butler is quite the character.

"This to him, this is tremendous to him, it really is for Eric. His heart and soul is into it. Not one peep, not one complaint out of him."