In order to reach that goal, Guest has placed 13 bell ringers throughout the county: three at Rotterdam Square Mall and 10 at other local shopping areas, including Wal-Mart, Price Chopper and the co-op on Balltown Road.
"Most of them come from Schenectady County, and we see many volunteer groups," said Guest.
For some volunteers, it is a holiday tradition to donate a few hours of time to the Salvation Army and ring the bells. But according to Guest, registering to become a volunteer has changed over the past year.
"Compared to last year, there were over 30 people that signed up on the Internet," he said.
Last year, Guest said only five people registered on the Internet.
"It's been a pleasant surprise, and it's very helpful," he said.
The Salvation Army is still seeking volunteers to ring bells in its final days of the campaign. To volunteer, call (877) 764-7259, or register online at www.redkettles.org.""