Salvation Army of Cortland to host first annual Thanksgiving basket giveaway

Pauline Gross
November 19, 2017

The Red Kettle Campaign kickoff day will be next Friday at Hobby Lobby. "It's throughout the year when we have people coming here everyday in need".

If we were to have all 22 covered, it would be wonderful."Thanks to generous Berks County donors, the Salvation Army surpassed its $120,000 goal a year ago, said Capt. Ted Tressler of the Reading Corps".

This year, Dobbs said the Salvation Army aims to raise $130,000 locally through kettle donations and another $80,000 via a mail-out campaign. Ninety percent of the funds raised here in Saranac Lake stay in Saranac Lake to provide emergency rent assistance, emergency housing, food, clothing, utility assistance and medical expense help. These generous actions make all the difference to friends, family and neighbors in need. "But our mission doesn't stop at Christmas", said Maj. "What we spend on average in the course of a year is about $230,000 to $240,000", said the director of Program Services.

Area shoppers will hear the familiar sound of bells ringing at many local stores as volunteers with the Brooke and Weirton Salvation Army seek donations to aid a growing number of local residents in need.

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Bell ringing at the Independence Fareway consists of hour-long blocks that are available 8 a.m.to 8 p.m., Monday - Saturday through at least Christmas.

Volunteer opportunities are Mondays through Saturdays, Nov. 17 to December 23, from 10 a.m.to 7 p.m.

While volunteering as a bell ringer is needed and appreciated. anybody who simply puts in some change into the kettle is making a difference.

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