The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is under way and they need ringers. I want to say thanks to Laura Hamilton and Major Ron Heimbrock for inviting me back to kick off this great event. The Red Kettle has been around for over 125 years.

Last year, the money that you put in the Broome County Red Kettles helped 60,000 people in need. The Salvation Army of Binghamton was able to serve 31,322 meals and provided toys and Christmas gifts to 226 families and over 500 children.

Also because of your generosity they sent 22 children to a week long summer camp, and provided a variety of other emergency and family services. They are looking to do even more this year and with your help, they'll do it.

Do you know that volunteering has many positive effects? Self-confidence and self-esteem go up and Blood pressure and depression go down. When teens volunteer, drug use and unwanted pregnancies go down.

Also teens that volunteer become adults that volunteer. Tara loves to volunteer and I'm positive she will continue to volunteer. The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers.

The Salvation Army Red Kettles have represented the Christmas season and compassion to those in need around the world since 1890. They are fighting for good and they need your help.

So how do you sign up? Contact Rebecca Stollman at (607) 765-2584 or email her at It's remarkable how much better you'll feel.

[via The Salvation Army]