The goal is to raise $310,000 with the funds staying local to support some of the Salvation Army's programs and services.
Through this fundraiser in November and December, The Salvation Army helps almost 30 million people each year, according to Lindsey Lee with The Salvation Army Northwest Division.
Some volunteers are able to help for just one shift, others are able to donate their time multiple times a week, like Roche, but Sadowy said every shift helps.
Last year, 708,884 individuals in New Jersey received assistance from The Salvation Army, which included holiday and seasonal assistance, food pantry, soup kitchens, after-school programs, emergency shelter and much more. To maximize donations, they're still in need of volunteer bell ringers throughout the campaign.
"In the previous year, we spent over $30,000 in direct assistance to individuals in the county", he said.
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"When I was young, really small, I came from a dysfunctional and poor background, the one particular memory that I have that stands out in my mind is one Christmas", Roche said. "Once again we ask for the community's help to make Christmas bright for families in need so no child or senior is forgotten".
He soon had the money to see that the needy people were properly fed at Christmas, states the Salvation Army at salvationarmyusa.org.
Volunteers can sign up for ringing locations and times through the Mankato Salvation Army's website at www.salvationarmynorth.org/community/mankato/. This year's goal is $670,000.
Monies collected from the campaign more than found a way back into the community, according to Rowland.