Ticonderoga Christmas is in the distance future for most people, but Glen Buell is already making plans for the holiday season.
Buell is the Ticonderoga coordinator for the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle drive. He and Tina Martin, the Salvation Army Port Henry coordinator, are lining up help for the traditional charity effort.
“The Red Kettles have become a tradition throughout the United States, raising money to assist the less fortunate,” Buell said. “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.”
The 2011 Red Kettle campaign will start the week before Thanksgiving and continue through Christmas Eve in Ticonderoga and Port Henry. Volunteers are needed in both communities on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
“Companies, organizations, schools and individuals can sign up as volunteers,” Buell said. “Up to 90 percent of the money raised is available to help people in need in our local community. A number of people were helped at Christmas last year. Families and individuals 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, can call Buell at 597-3222 or Martin at 546-4020. Anyone who needs assistance can also call Buell or Martin.