While Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, the Salvation Army is already preparing for its busiest season of the year, Christmas.
The Salvation Army has its red kettles lined up and ready to hit the streets, but its looking for more volunteers to help ring bells. This year the charity is also hoping the community is generous when they walk by those red kettles.
"This year we are short five days because we have a real late Thanksgiving," Sheila Geraghty with the Salvation Army said. "That leaves us five less days of real prime donation days for our red kettles, so we are going to be short this year."
But, there's another reason the charity needs people dig deep this holiday season.
"The need is going to be greater this year mostly because November 1st the state cut the food stamp program, so there is a lot of families that are going to be visiting our food bank and struggling to keep their family fed, which will then effect how their Christmas is going to be," Geraghty said.
More money in the red kettles is the goal, but cash isn't the only way to help out this Christmas season.
"We like to make sure Christmas is extra special for them and they get a brand new toy," Geraghty said.
The Christmas Angel and Adopt-A-Family programs both rely on toy donations; putting a Salvation Army collection bin at your place of business is one easy way to help.
"You can make it a staff competition or you can replace your annual Christmas party with a toy donation to the Salvation Army," Geraghty said.
The goal is to help brighten the holidays for families in need of a helping hand.