Nicholas Soucie is a volunteer bell ringer for the Salvation Army. He is one of the millions of volunteers world wide who raise money for under privileged families, especially during the holiday season.
“The Salvation Army gives out support to a lot of people who are in poverty, they need help over the holidays and I just feel like I’m a part of this. I feel good every day helping out,” said Soucie.
We spoke with Damon Hayward, Envoy of the Salvation Army in Houlton. He told us that this years collection period has been cut short due to Thanksgiving falling on the 27th, and having only 4 weeks to collect donations has taken a toll. The amount of donations were down this year.
” This year we are running behind in fact about 14,000 dollars, behind what we were last year,” Said Hayward.
That is how much money the local Salvation Army is financially behind. According to research done on Friday, Hayward said in the whole state of Maine itself, they are behind about 70,000 dollars from last year.
Hayward told us,”the kettle doesn’t just simply reach people at their point of need at the Christmas season, it reaches people throughout the year that’s the very message that we want everyone to remember.”
The bell ringing season starts in November and runs through Christmas Eve, where collections will be taken until around 6 p.m. There is still time to donate, and Hayward wants everyone to remember, “need knows no season.”