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ITHACA, N.Y. — The Salvation Army is taking part in a new challenge to “ring in” support for their Kettle Campaign this year.

Lieutenant Stacy McNeil, the Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army’s Ithaca Corps, will ring the bell for 24 hours straight from 6 p.m. on Friday, December 6th to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th at the Walmart store at 135 Fairgrounds Memorial Parkway in Ithaca. Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor will be there to help Lieutenant McNeil kickoff the 24-hour challenge and to give her some encouragement for the long night, and day, ahead.

The Salvation Army relies on donations from the iconic Red Kettles to support social service programs year-round. All donations to the Kettles stay in the Ithaca community to help the less fortunate through a variety of programs and services, including a soup kitchen that provides three meals a week, a food pantry, senior programs, music and arts, and helping underserved children go to Summer camp. The Salvation Army also provides Christmas meals, gifts, toys and, most of all, hope to those who need it most.

“We just want to know that we are doing everything we can to raise money for our community,” said Lieutenant McNeil. “The Red Kettle donations will fuel the work we are doing throughout the year. New this year, we just became a Code Blue shelter for the homeless when the temperature drops to a dangerous level. In a way, ringing the bell for 24-hours straight will give us a better understanding of what life is like for those who live through those conditions every day. We want to thank local organizations, businesses and individuals who have already generously donated to help kickstart our Kettle Campaign.”

Red Kettle funds support ongoing programs in Ithaca to feed the hungry, provide aid for victims of disaster, counsel and protect survivors of abuse and much more. Donations can also be made online at https://empire.salvationarmy.org/EmpireNY/ithaca or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers to help with their Red Kettle Campaign. If you are interested in volunteering to ring the bell, just go to https://www.redkettlevolunteer.org/.

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