ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y -- The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is officially underway. From shopping centers to grocery stores, volunteers will be accepting donations.
This year's goal for the Utica branch of the Salvation Army, announced Tuesday morning, is $100,000. That's a tick above last year's total of $96,000.
The funds provide food, clothing and other necessities to families in need. And even with the tough economic times, the Salvation Army is confident they can hit their target.
"I believe when the community as a whole is experiencing an economic downturn, that we kind of get a sense of rallying together and share. You know, if we have a little extra, we got a tendency to help somebody else who might not have a little extra or might not have enough," said Salvation Army Lieutenant Michael Harrington.
And of course, bell ringers will be visible throughout the region as part of the campaign.
Representatives from YNN and Time Warner Cable will be by the Red Kettle at Destiny USA this Saturday, so feel free to stop by, say hello and donate what you can.