TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Every little bit counts when it comes to the season for giving.
The Salvation Army continues their push to make change, literally, with the Red Kettle Campaign.
Bell ringers are taking position at participating locations, hoping to fill their buckets with every bit of change.
That includes 9-year-old Ella Tapy who volunteered her time to ring a bell at Baesler's Market on Wednesday.
"I told my mom I really wanted to do this, it looked like fun," she said, "I wanted to give back to the community."
It's a job that Ella takes pretty seriously and she does it all with a smile.
For Captain Jason Schaal, an administrator with The Salvation Army, there's no such thing as a donation that's too small.
"I'll take a penny and nothing less," he said, "Because pennies equal dollars and dollars make change not only in the kettle, but in people's lives."
Those lives are also local. Schaal says the vast majority of the money raised will go to helping those in need right here in our communities.
"86 cents on the dollar of it, matter of fact, goes back out into our local community in forms of services, in forms of personnel helping on the streets," he said.
Money also goes toward The Salvation Army's Pathway of Hope Program. The program connects families in need to different resources in hopes of breaking the poverty cycle.
Schaal says their goal is to reach $250,000 for the Red Kettle Campaign. Right now, they're at about $62,000.
"If we don't make our goal, we're really not going to be able to do that (invest more in the Pathway of Hope program)," he said, "and depending by how much, it might mean cutbacks in programs, and we really, extremely, don't want to do that."
The Red Kettle Campaign will wrap up in about three weeks on December 23rd.
You can donate money to any participating locations, mail your donation to The Salvation Army or text "THKETTLE" to 41444.
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