SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — You may have seen some around the Capital Region already, and for many, it’s the first sign of the holiday season. The Salvation Army’s bell ringers are starting to collect.
On Wednesday, Saratoga County kicked off their Red Kettle Campaign.
It’s a familiar sound of the season and for many children, it signifies a time to get presents, but for everyone else, the Salvation Army is hoping it also signifies that the season is a time to give.
“I will tell you that it is one of the most joyous things we do during the holiday seasons,” said Board member and Bell Ringer for the Salvation Army David Snyder.
Snyder and his wife have been ringing the bell for the Salvation Army for the past 15 to 18 years, but the tradition started way before that.
“The Salvation Army started in 1865 and it had been in the United States since 1880, and in Saratoga since 1887,” said Lt. Bree Barker, Corps Officer for the Salvation Army.
The goal this year is $125,000. It may sound like a lot, but the community comes through year after year.
“They know the legacy and they are just so thankful to have the opportunity to give,” Barker said.
Right now, the Saratoga County program has 21 red kettles, but they are always looking for more volunteers to ring the bells.
If you are interested, you can visit here to find an opportunity in your location.
Maybe, a veteran bell ringer can convince you.
“You do get cold, but it’s a warm cold if that makes any sense at all, your body and your fingers may be cold, but your heart gets really warm,” Snyder said.