Singing for the Salvation Army in Port Orchard

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) -- Mathew Niblack is a Salvation Army bell-ringer who doesn't ring a bell. He sings for shoppers.

He's singing holiday classics and gospel songs in front of the Port Orchard Fred Meyer store. Between songs he thanks people who drop coins and dollars into his kettle.

The Kitsap Sun reports (http://is.gd/hPGIVl) singing seems to inspire generosity. The Salvation Army says most bell ringers bring in about $30 an hour in donations; Niblack averages $130.

The 62-year-old has been singing for the Salvation Army for more than 20 years in Salem and other Oregon cities where he has lived. He's visiting his sister in Port Orchard for the holidays this year.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/