NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Groceries by the boxes.
It's all the fixings for a hearty Thanksgiving meal, given to families by local soldiers.
"To have soldiers out helping us and extending their blessings to a family that needs a blessing feels really good," Shayla Palmer said.
Soliders not only pack trunks with beans, corn, and turkey, but also offer an encouraging word. The North Little Rock-based unit sponsored the drive and promises it will be bigger next year.
"It's definitely rewarding to see people walk up and tell you they weren't going to be able to have a Thanksgiving meal," said SFC Yosha Lawrence.
The Salvation Army held its annual kettle kick off Friday morning. Our own Donna Terrell helped out to bring in much needed donations to help families.
"Even as the need increases we also see a decrease in giving because more people are unable to give at the level they have in the past," said Kathy Barbeire.
Barbeire said they still feel the effects of a struggling economy. The great need shows no prejudice.
"I've even gotten calls from people who've said 'I've always given, volunteered, have rung a bell but I've never to ask before,' but they're coming to the food pantry," Barbeire said.
So when you hear the bell, leaders hope it compels you to donate, knowing the money does a good thing for them and you.
"Giving feels good. People who give and are generous live longer and they have a healthier outlook on life," Barbeire said.
To donate or volunteer for the Kettle Campaign, click here.