Salvation Army preparing for holiday campaign

TICONDEROGA - The Salvation Army is seeking volunteer Bell Ringers for its Red Kettle Campaign in Ticonderoga.

The Red Kettles have become a tradition throughout the United States, raising money to assist the less fortunate.

Glen Buell is the site coordinator for the Ticonderoga Service Unit. He's looking for volunteers to stand by the kettles on Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting the week before Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, in 1-2 hour time slots.

Companies, organizations, schools and individuals can sign up as volunteers.

"Up to 90 percent of the money raised is available to help people in need in our local community," Buell said. "Around 25 percent of that money helped people at Christmas last year. A number of families have received assistance to buy food, clothing, school supplies and to pay utility bills."

People interested in volunteering for the Red Kettle Campaign, or throughout the entire year, should call Buell at 597-3222.

Anyone who needs assistance can call the same number.

"If you have a friendly face, you don't mind being out in the cold for an hour or two, and you would like to do something to benefit your community this holiday season, then consider becoming a volunteer Bell Ringer for the Salvation Army," Buell said.

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