Volunteers with the Salvation Army are putting in the hours to help people this holiday season.
Brenda Simmons is a volunteer with The Salvation Army.
"Best to give, than receive," Simmons said.
From sun up, to sun down, Brenda Simmons spends more than ten hours day in the cold. She's says although the conditions are always easy, she says it's worth it.
"I'm out here for people who are less fortunate," Simmons said.
This mother of six says The Salvation Army put her kids through summer camp, and by volunteering, she can give back.
"Makes me feel good, especially when it's children that need it. It makes me feel real good," Simmons said.
Every year thousands of volunteers from The Salvation Army spend hours in the cold, ringing bells for people in need."
Marci Orr is the Captain with The Salvation Army.
"These volunteers give of themselves. Give of their time, give of their talents and really do help us out," Orr said.
Orr says each day, one-hundred red kettle sites are up throughout the area, manned by a volunteer. The campaign is on target to reach it's goal, already raising nearly $200,000. It's an amount Orr says wouldn't be possible without volunteers like Simmons.
"Their volunteering helps us stretch our dollar further so we can serve more here in Monroe County," Orr said.
The bells will continue ringing throughout Christmas Eve.
"By ringing the bell, The Salvation Army can give them a helping hand," Simmons said.
A helping hand The Salvation Army will lend all throughout the year, providing those in need with shelters and youth programs.