It's that time of year shoppers start seeing the familiar red kettles and hearing the ringing of bells.
The Kingsport Salvation Army has about five red kettles outside shopping centers in Kingsport.
We've learned it's a way to prepare for its campaign kick-off November 17th.
Salvation Army leaders say collecting donations this early will help make a dent in this year's goal since they say more families are struggling every year.
"The need is always growing. We're seeing more people come to us for assistance. The amount of people coming to us for food assistance has gone up in the last four to five months. Weather is getting colder so we'll get more people coming into our homeless shelter," added Major Anthony Baso.
We've learned the Kingsport Salvation Army is still in need of volunteer bell ringers. If you would like to help out, call (423)246-6671.