Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

The Salvation Army kicks of their holiday season fundraisers

The Salvation Army kicks of their holiday season fundraisers

The group entertained the crowd of a few dozen by singing Christmas carols to help kick off the Salvation Army of Plattsburgh's annual Red Kettle Campaign.

The red kettles are the Salvation Army's way of raising money and awareness for the whole year. Each year legions of bell-ringers stand outside stores and other locations to solicit donations for the organization.

Presents can be left at the Valley View Mall tree or taken to Salvation Army headquarters at 223 N. Eighth St. Shoppers are asked to include the original tags and gift receipts with the gifts. Last Christmas, more than $165,000 in kettle donations were gathered at SpartanNash locations in Kent County. This year's goal is $670,000.

The Salvation Army says roughly 80 percent of shifts for bell ringers are available and need to be picked up.

The temperatures have dropped and the bells are ringing, it can only mean one thing - Red Kettle season has started.

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There are printed angels on the tree with the name, age and gift suggestions for a child registered with the program.

Almost 100 locations around the area are available to The Salvation Army's iconic red kettles this year.

"It may not seem like a lot, but a toy here and a toy there can take a lot of pressure off of a family that's struggling", he said.

"Every dollar that you raise stays in the community and helps us through the year to provide food, clothing, rent and utility assistance".

To learn how to volunteer or donate, contact Bryant at 334-792-1911.

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