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BC Executive Garnar rings bell for Salvation Army

VESTAL, N.Y. - Broome County Executive Jason Garnar is ringing in the holidays with a bell and an iconic red kettle.

Garnar took on a two hour shift as a Salvation Army bell ringer at Sam's Club in Vestal Wednesday afternoon from noon to 2 p.m.

He wished people a Merry Christmas and gave away lollipops to a few kids who came in and out of the store.

The money collected in the red kettles are used to fund programs along with food and support for struggling local families.

Garnar says the holidays are about helping those who serve others.

"They do a lot of great things for our community and it's really important that we give back to them.  I'll be here for a few hours ringing the bell to help them out because it's important to give back to them because they give so much to our community," said Garnar.

This year, the Salvation Army is ramping up its effort as it looks to raise $200,000, nearly double the amount raised last year.

On average, volunteers spend around 4,000 to 5,000 hours ringing bells for the red kettle campaign.

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