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Salvation Army kicks off search for bellringers

PLATTSBURGH The bells will soon be ringing at local grocery stores, department stores and malls. Yes, that familiar jingle of The Salvation Army bell will be summoning people to remember those facing hardship during the holiday season. To ensure that we have enough bellringers, we are kicking off our search for bellringers early this year. Businesses throughout the area have generously provided kettle sites and we have been working behind the scenes to find bellringers who will sacrifice their precious time. Now, we are asking the public to help. In short, we need you! said Captain Larry Goodman, commanding officer of The Salvation Army in Plattsburgh, that services all of Clinton County and portions of Essex County. Bellringers come in all shapes and sizes and from a variety of venues. We partner with local churches, schools, service clubs, and even companies who volunteer their employees for a few hours. We also reach out to our retired citizens and college students. Anyone who has a few hours and who wants to make a personal sacrifice to help those in need is welcome to make joyful noise this holiday season, noted Captain Goodman. The Red Kettle Campaign is a yearly fundraising effort that raises money to help local families and individuals in times of need. Whether they need food from the food pantry or someone to guide them emotionally through hard times, we try to be there for them, said Goodman. Money that bellringers raise remains here to help with local services and programs. It is our most important fundraising effort of the year and helps, not only with seasonal needs like food, toys and gifts for our nursing home residents, but throughout the year in a variety of Salvation Army services. Bell ringing begins in mid-November and will continue until December 24. Anyone wishing to help can call the local Salvation Army at 561-2951. They can also call The Red Kettle Center any time of the day or night at 1-877-764-7259, or go to www.redkettles.org and fill in the volunteer form on-line.

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