Salvation Army "Red Kettle Campaign" rolls out

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The Salvation Army will hold a kickoff to its annual Red Kettle Campaign Wednesday from 5-7 p.m.at the Bentleyville display in Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park.

The family recipients have been carefully screened and selected by the Salvation Army. Felton and Lt. Edward Williams hope to collect $255,000 from the Red Kettles and $260,000 through mail and online contributions.

The 2017 Red Kettle Campaign officially started Friday, Nov. 10 at noon with the season's first Christmas bell ring at the Knapp's Crossing D&W Fresh Market in Grand Rapids.

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At these locations, individuals or families can take an angel tree ornament from a location and buy for the age of the child/teen on the ornament. Funds are used to operate programs and services provided all year long and all the money stays local.

"When people are in need the Salvation Army shows up", Egger said.

During the holiday season, more than three million people rely on The Salvation Army to provide them with a warm meal on Christmas Day or toys for their children. "We want others to experience the rewarding feeling that comes with providing those in need a hand up".

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According to the Salvation Army, the eldest bell ringer was 90 years old.

The Salvation Army has engaged communities around the world through its iconic Red Kettle Campaign since 1891. Services include food, utility and housing emergency assistance; hunger programs; youth programming and summer camp; disaster assistance; and case management/social services.

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