He said the money raised during the holiday kettle drive is a must to continue those efforts.
“We hope to get at least as much this year as we did last year,” he said.
Thursday’s event was highlighted by a performance from the Peru Little Angels preschool carolers, who sang several Christmas-themed songs under the direction of Mary Jane Wilkins as parents and grandparents proudly snapped photographs.
“Aren’t they adorable,” Smith said.
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With 20 kettle sites scattered around the Plattsburgh area through Christmas Eve, the Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to ring the bells over the next six weeks.
Those interested in helping can contact the Plattsburgh office on South Catherine Street at 561-2951.