11-year-old Salvation Army bell ringer spreading Christmas cheer

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ROSEVILLE, Calif. - It's been a tradition in Mia Johnson's family since she can remember.

"My mom made me do it when I was 3 or 4, then I just loved doing it," Mia told KTXL.

Amanda Johnson, Mia's mother, says that it all started when she brought Mia along to help one year while ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.

"She brought in more donations than I did because she was 4 and cute, and would run around and sing Christmas carols," she said.

For the past eight years, Mia has been volunteering with the Salvation Army to bring in donations to help others in need.

"I like to spread Christmas cheer and letting no one go hungry," Mia said.

She is now 11-years-old, but family members say they don't think the tradition will end any time soon.

"Since a young age, we've known that she has a heart to give to others, and I hope to be out here someday when she's got kids of her own and we're all out here giving back,” Amanda Johnson said.

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