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Holiday bell ringers to start earlier

Major Edward Hill Major Edward Hill
John LaBorde John LaBorde
Elaine Kawazoe Elaine Kawazoe

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The country's weak economy is leaving our local Salvation Army "Toughing it Out" as it looks for ways to offset the rising need of its services.

The Red Kettle Campaign is the lifeblood of the organization's efforts, and that's why it's getting a jump start to get the most out of people's generosity this holiday season.

Grocery stores to shopping malls, the Salvation Army bell ringers are familiar sights and sounds this time of the year. But now, more than ever, they need your help.

It's a feat towards fighting the country's slumping economy. With this round of holiday season about to start, the Red Kettle Campaign bells ring outside an arena of our favorite stores and shopping malls. It's a real slug fest for the Salvation Army.

"The need is so high that most of us are being stretched to give the assistance that we want to give, so we're more dependant than over on people's donations," said Major Edward Hill.

John LaBorde knows the need of the nearly 87,000 people the Salvation Army serves each year.

"I feel fortunate to have more than a lot of people, so when I see someone in need it's my instinct to want to help them," said Manoa Resident John LaBorde.

While this bell rings continuously, not every effort will score a donation, but others believe those struggling themselves will help knockout the nearly $700,000 the organization needs to raise.

"They'll understand that other people are having a much more difficult time than they are, so they'll want to give. It may not be as much as last year but they'll still want to give," said Manoa Resident Elaine Kawazoe.

"Even if your gift is small it could make a tremendous difference in the life of someone that has need," said Hill.

Typically starting on Thanksgiving Day, ringers start nearly two weeks earlier this year, hoping the year's headlining event scores victory for the state's communities.

Everyone's trying to save this holiday season and even if you do your shopping online you can still help.

The Salvation Army set up an online web kettle where you can make your contribution with the click of a mouse.

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