I was at Price Chopper in Chenango Bridge over the weekend. There were lots of people but it was what I didn't see that bummed me out the most. The Salvation Army Red Kettle ringers weren't there.

I have myself to blame because I haven't volunteered this year and I don't like to ask you to do something that I'm not doing myself. With that being said, I'm asking for your help anyway.

The first full week of bell ringing is complete and it's off to a slow start. This fundraiser is critical to their year-round operations of services to those in need in our area.They provide hunger relief through food pantries and soup kitchens, shelter and housing programs.

They have youth services for kids of low-income families like after-school programs. All donations received in the kettles stay in our community are assist local individuals and families in need.

The Salvation Army is encouraging families, friends, co-workers, community groups and other organizations to join the fight for good this Christmas and volunteer to ring the bell.

Just 60 minutes of bell ringing brings in enough in donations to feed 13 people. Go here to volunteer in your community. This holiday tradition ends on December 24th.

If you would like to ring the bell or learn more, go here, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or locally at (607) 722-2987.

[via The Salvation Army]