Salvation Army Rings In The Holiday Season

Salvation Army Rings In The Holiday Season

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It's a sound synonymous with Christmas.

"The bell lets people know - here we are. You know, you hear that bell, you think, 'Oh, there must be a Salvation Army somewhere,'" said Major Karen Smullen, corp office Salvation Army Watertown. 

The Salvation Army on State Street in Watertown put out its red kettles Tuesday. One of their volunteers is already standing outside the Tops on Washington Street.

"Christmas is coming, get in the spirit and for people to donate," said James Claflin, bell ringer for the Salvation Army. 

Their goal this year is to raise $80,000 for their food program and Christmas baskets.

"So those programs cost quite a bit of money, between utilities, food, staff, cleaning supplies, we are the only one in the community that does a soup kitchen," said Smullen.

While Watertown has their bell ringers, the Lowville and Port Leyden/Lyons Falls service units of the Salvation Army are looking for some volunteers. 

Anyone who would like to volunteer as a bell ringer for Lowville should call 315-804-4582 and those who would like to volunteer for the Port Leyden/Lyons Falls campaign should call 315-766-6897.

The bell will be ringing until Christmas Eve. 

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