Syracuse University football fans are encouraged to make a donation on their way to the Carrier Dome on Saturday.  The Salvation Army is partnering with SU along with local companies Teracai and CXTec as part of Dome Donation Day. Brad Vivacqua has the details from the Carrier Dome.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's never too early to start thinking about how to help people in need this holiday season.  Dome Donation Day serves as the ceremonial start of the Red Kettle Holiday Campaign for the Syracuse-area Salvation Army every year.

The Orange will host Pittsburgh Saturday in the loud house with kickoff set for noon. Both Teracai and CXtec will provide about 60 volunteers to ring bells and collect donations before the game beginning at 10 am.  The local technology and support companies have been doing this annually for 18 years.

Each year, thousands of dollars and hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food items are collected through the campaign.

The Syracuse branch serves about 40,000 individuals in Onondaga County every year while your donations certainly help as the holidays approach.

"Dome Donation Day is a great opportunity for people who are heading out to the game, to really make a difference in a lot of people's lives. Bring out your non-perishable items, particular protein items, and if you happen to forget your can, we'll be there with the red kettles making sure you have an opportunity to donate," said Peter Belyea, the Teracai, CXtec president.

Dome Donation Day has been a tradition for 32 years that was started by SU's beloved Coach Mac.

People can drop off donations at the Carrier Dome between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Saturday.  Both Teracai and CXtec volunteers will be handing out orange and blue pom poms to anyone that makes a donation.