ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- On Friday, Sheriff Chris Moss officially opened the 'Big Book' for the Arctic League's 2017 Christmas Campaign.
This year, Chemung County's oldest charity is looking to raise 120-thousand dollars.
That money will fund the organization's 2018 campaign. Meanwhile, last year's fundraising efforts will help bring gifts to children in need this holiday season.
"It's one of the best organizations I've ever been involved with," says Moss, who serves as President of the Board of Directors. "I can tell you 100% of the donations actually go to the kids and the families and I think that's one of the best things about it."
Come Christmas morning, volunteers will deliver those gifts to qualifying families.
Also on hand for the opening was this year's Arctic League Bell Ringer, 9-year-old Sabrina O'Connor.
"I really didn't think that I would get it. Since I know now, I'm really shocked," says O'Connor. "When I help others, it makes my heart feel really happy. And I like doing it."
Last year, nearly 3,500 kids received gifts courtesy of the Arctic League. This year, the organization is confident they'll meet the needs of the community.
"We'd like to reach that goal as soon as possible so we ask, if you're able to, to open up your hearts and open up your wallets," says Moss.
The Arctic League will air its annual broadcast on Sunday, December 3rd.
For more information on how you can donate or to apply for Arctic League assistance visit their website.