Red Kettle campaign

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign kicked off on Thanksgiving. It is one of the main fundraising events for the Salvation Army and all it takes is a little bit of change from all of us to help the local organization reach its goal.

Capt. Wendy Senior of the Gloversville Salvation Army said this year’s goal is $50,000.

The organization has only 28 days — from Black Friday to Christmas Eve — to raise the money. That amounts to a little bit over $2,000 a day.

Senior said all the money raised for the campaign stays in the area.

“Whatever people put into our Red Kettles, it is making change happen for our area,” Senior said. “All of the funds we raise in our area stay here, so it’s really important that we are able to raise enough money to continue offering assistance for the whole year.

Senior said the funds help support the Salvation Army’s food program, clothing assistance, food pantry, soup kitchen, after-school program and operating the building it is housed in.

It also helps out area families during the holiday season.

Senior said last year the organization was able to provide 220 families with gifts and a holiday food basket.

In addition, the Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers to man it kettles.

Volunteers are asked to ring the bell for two to three hours at a time.

So, when you see those bell ringers with the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle, take a moment to donate.