The Salvation Army is ringing in the holiday season. The annual Red Kettle campaign is now in full swing. It ends Christmas Eve, but as YNN's Mark Goshgarian tells us, the money raised will leave a lasting impression on those in need.
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — "People have a dollar, if not, people have change in their pockets, they can always give," said Stephen Clark, Jamestown resident.
Clark donated to the Salivation Army's Red Kettle Campaign Monday. The annual appeal kicked off last week across the country.
"They always help people out, and I'm always about helping other people, so every time I see one, I try to donate a dollar every time; if not, I donate whatever I can. It's just a good way of giving back," said Clark.
"Because I have a lot and so I should give some time to people who are not as fortunate as me," said Wendy Young, Lakewood resident.
Young is also donating her time and is one of hundreds of volunteer bell ringers stationed at various locations in the greater Jamestown area.
"Sometimes when you give to something you don't even know where the money went, but this is a very good cause, it always has been, and its been going on for years and years and you can trust it," said Young.
"It's really our sink or swim time of the year... change in, expect change out, we like to think of ourselves as changing peoples lives," said Major Douglas Hart, Jamestown Salvation Army.
Hart has set a goal of $100,000 despite tough economic times. He says need knows no season and the money raised will help people all year long.
"We purchase food for our emergency assistance pantry, we have youth social development programs, we help people with sulfites, food, clothing, and transportation, we run a domestic violence shelter," said Hart.
The campaign runs through Christmas Eve. To volunteer to be a bell ringer, you're asked to call 716-664-4108.