The famous bell rang in the Red Kettle Campaign outside the Parkdale Mall today. It’s a signal that the holidays are quickly approaching.

One donor, Emily Hall, is a Lamar University student who has volunteered with the Southeast
Texas Food Bank.

She knows that giving this holiday season is more important than receiving.

"Even just driving around right out here like, there are people not as fortunate as us. I think that it's important to help out other people, like not everyone's as lucky as you, so it's a good time to give back," Hall said.

Volunteers can offer for an hour, or even an entire day of working with the Salvation Army through Christmas Eve.

Beaumont mayor Becky Ames helped out earlier today and says she's happy to see the community in the giving mood.

"There's program after program that they provide so I think it's special to be here and do this because you know that everything that goes into that kettle goes back to kids in need," mayor Ames said.

Hall hopes that others keep those kids and families in mind.

"If I can give someone else a leg up when I'm already happy with my situation, there's no reason not to give," Hall said.

Other charitable organizations want to remind people to apply for holiday help.

Applications for the Port Arthur Blue Santa program are due November 25th and the Vidor police department will hand out gifts to families December 12th.

Anyone interested in working with the Salvation Army can call (409) 896-2361.