Two hundred and fifty people have already signed up for holiday assistance. The Salvation Army is expecting an additional 1,500 people to register this year over last year.
The local chapter is getting about a million dollars in stimulus money. It's earmarked for a specific program that includes homeless prevention and rapid re-housing and can't be used for general needs like money from the kettle campaign.
"So it doesn't really help out with the general budget items, it's really a special program that's on top of the services we already provide. So it wouldn't make any sense for us to provide this extra support, but then leave out the normal stuff we do each and every day," said Captain Doug McClure, The Salvation Army.
Expect to see bell ringers at seven or eight locations around Albany starting November 20th. The Salvation Army also needs volunteer bell ringers, so they don't have to hire anyone to do the job.
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