The Season for Giving

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With temperatures going down and Christmas decorations going up, it's certainly feeling and looking like Christmas.

Now, the Salvation Army is making it sound more like Christmas too.

The more sound that comes from the Salvation Army's bells, the more money that goes into their kettles.

"This is our biggest fundraiser for the year," Captain Lori Brown with the Salvation Army said.

Randy Erb loves to reminisce on holiday memories, and says the sight of the red kettle really 'rings a bell.'

"I like seeing them out here because it does remind me of Christmas when I was a little boy and your parents putting money in there, and you just sort of keep doing it as like a tradition," Erb said.

But for Erb, it's not just a tradition; it's also a responsibility.

"This is the season to give. There's a lot of people out there that need it and I believe it's the duty of the citizens to help out," Erb said.

There are plenty of ways to lend a hand, and many people are ready and willing to do what it takes to help the people in their community.

"People walk up and say, 'oh can i give you some food, can i give you a check, can i volunteer to stand for a few hours,'" Brown said.

"I came in here and so I donated. I'll probably go to Wal Mart and K-Mart this year for shopping, and I'll donate again," Erb said.

So whether you're ringing the bell or making a donation, either way you're spreading some holiday cheer and making someones Christmas a little brighter.

Volunteers and workers with the Salvation Army will be out taking donations from now until Christmas Eve, except on Thanksgiving and Sundays.

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