It's one of the most recognizable charities this time of year. The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive. With just a few weeks left until Christmas, donations are down. But one bell ringer has a special reason for wanting you to dig deep and donate.
Chris feels knows exactly how it feels to depend on presents from The Salvation Army.
“To feel helpless and hopeless would be to sum it up,” said Chris.
Last year, Chris turned to The Salvation Army so his five children wouldn't wake up sad on Christmas morning.
But now, Chris is self-sufficient. He’s standing, bell in-hand, as long as it takes to help others put presents under the tree.
“I've been on the other side of the fence,” said Chris. “I know what its like to have to ask.”
This year, it may take even more effort to help those in need.
“Two cents in the kettle walking by can make all the difference, literally all the difference,” said Chris.
He would know, because it did for him.
If you picked a child's name off of a Salvation Army toy drive tree, now is the time to bring those gifts in. The captain of The Salvation Army says all gift donations need to be dropped off in the next 10 days so that families can get them in time to give to their children on Christmas morning.