I was Black Friday shopping with my daughter Tara, my brother-in-law Johnny V and his two daughters. I saw a lot of people but do you know what I didn't see much of? Salvation Army Red Kettle Ringers.

There were two stores that have always had ringers out front and they weren't there this year and I wondered why. Now I know, they are in need of more volunteers to ring the bell.

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.

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign has been around for over 125 years and they need your help this year. My friend, Chet Schultz, is doing his part and he's going to be ringing the bell for 24 straight hours.

He'll be at the Vestal Walmart, 2405 Vestal Parkway E. for his 24-Hour Red Kettle Challenge. He'll be ringing and singing Christmas carols beginning on Friday, December 20th at 4 p.m. until Saturday, December 21st at 4 p.m.

Go here to see how you can volunteer with him and other ways you can help him reach his goal for The Salvation Army. You don't have any spare change on you, no problem. New this year, all the kettles will have an electronic tag attached to it and will take Apple and Samsung pay.

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 and The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers.

How do you sign up or get more information? Call (607) 722-2987 or go here for other ways to help out. It's remarkable how much better you'll feel.

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