A little change can go a long way

The Salvation Army provides help to those who need it all year. To make that help possible, the organization needs your help with its Red Kettle Campaign.

The annual Red Kettle Campaign is a main fundraiser for the Salvation Army. Ninety percent of the funds raised in Saranac Lake stay here to provide emergency rent assistance, emergency housing, food, clothing, utility assistance and medical expense help. Last year, Red Kettle donors’ generosity helped more than 50 local families.

Bell ringers can be found now through Dec. 23 at three locations around Saranac Lake: the post office, Kinney Drugs and the Tops supermarket on Lake Flower Avenue.

One way to help is to spread holiday cheer while ringing a bell next one of the Salvation Army’s red kettles. The Rev. Vance and Maggie Mortensen coordinate the campaign in Saranac Lake; to sign up to ring, call Vance at 860-794-8987 or Maggie at 860-944-7236.

Obviously, another way to help is to drop some change from your shopping trip into the kettle. Red Kettle campaigns in some areas struggle to meet their goals 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?