It’s that time of year again, the bells will be ringing across Erie County. The Salvation Army is setting up their stations for the holidays.
25 locations in greater Erie will be manned throughout the season from today through Christmas Eve. The organization came up short on their goal last year, blaming the bad winter weather and shortage of volunteers.
Bernie Myers, of the Salvation Army, Erie, says, “The first thing we do with the money we raise; takes care of Christmas food and toy needs. We generally have anywhere between 1300 and 1500 families that sign up. So, we take care of that first, then it goes to supporting our year-round food pantry and other social services and programs.”
This year, the Salvation Army has their goal set at $175,000.
If you’re interested in volunteering to be a bell ringer, the shifts are Mondays through Saturdays, 10am-4pm and 4pm-8pm. Contact the Salvation Army at 814-454-6497 for more.