Make change for kettle effort

The Salvation Army provides help to those who need it all year.

To make that help possible, the organization needs your help for the next month. One way to help is to spread holiday cheer while ringing a bell near one of the Salvation Army’s red kettles. Bell ringers can now be found Monday through Saturday at several stores throughout the county from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 23. To volunteer or for more information, call 366-3701.

The annual Red Kettle Campaign is a main fundraiser for the Salvation Army with a 2017 goal of $58,000 in Dunkirk and $112,000 in Jamestown. Campaign proceeds help pay for programs like the Christmas Assistance Program, which provides both the Angel Tree Ministry Christmas gift program for children and the Christmas food basket program; the Community Cares Program, meanwhile, provides nursing home programs to residents every month; the Bundle Them Up program which provides coats for children every year; and various domestic violence services at the Salvation Army’s ANEW Center.

Obviously, another way to help is to drop some change from your shopping trip into the kettle. The Red Kettle Campaign has struggled to meet its goal the past couple of years due in no small part to the increasing use of debit and credit cards when shopping. As we go about our holiday business this year, let’s all try to do our part to set aside some change or, better yet, some folding money for the red kettles. What better way to make a month of holiday cheer last all year long.