Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, annual toy drive kick off

  • Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, annual toy drive kick off

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, annual toy drive kick off

Last year, the six-week Red Kettle Campaign raised $640,000 across the organization's six-county service area.

"And this year with all of the hurricanes and all of the tragedies, the Salvation Army needs our help now more than ever", said Rachel Rhodes-Dyar, a Georgia Southern team member.

More than a century after the Salvation Army started Christmas fundraising drives with kettles in public places, the charity's Tulsa branch kicked off its 2017 Christmas Red Kettle drive Friday with a new twist: credit card donations. The organization is now looking for volunteers for the annual campaign drive that supports many local groups.

Northlanders will now see the red kettles stationed around the Twin Ports.

"My Aunt Margaret, who passed away in 1969, was a long-time social worker for the Salvation Army". Traditional Salvation Army brass musicians will be there to play carols and festive music, and free donuts and hot chocolate will be distributed from the Salvation Army's mobile canteen truck. Throughout 2016, 500 men and women were sheltered at Safe Harbor, more than 50,000 meals were served there and more than 2,500 households received food from the food pantry, Felton said.

"We have also made some changes to our Christmas hampers this year".

Twenty-five Red Kettles are going up at stores throughout Bloomington-Normal. Mondays through Saturdays, with the exception of Thanksgiving, through December 23.

People interested in volunteering can sign up to ring bells at locations throughout the Northwest including Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana.

It's ringing the bells and meeting new people that puts the fun in fundraiser.

With help from the community, the campaign gives children in need a special Christmas.