The Utica Chapter of the Salvation Army officially kicked off its 2018 Red Kettle Campaign on Wednesday at the Oneida County Sheriff's Office in Oriskany.

Sheriff Rob Maciol is this year's Honorary Chairman.

“It is appropriate that a man who has always fought for the rights of victims of violence and crimes -- be it from domestic violence, sexual abuse, physical abuse, or elder abuse – should head our campaign,” said Captain Michael Harrington, director of the Utica Salvation Army. “In our daily encounters, we meet and work with such victims, sometimes offering them a meal, other times supporting their emotional and spiritual needs.”

This year's Red Kettle campaign goal is $100,000.

The money raised will be used for those less fortunate in the community and for children's programs at the Salvation Army.

Volunteers will be ringing the bells at a dozen or so locations through December 24th

Anyone who would like to become a volunteer bell ringer can call the Salvation Army at (315) 724-8736.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX