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Red Kettle Campaign kicks off Nov. 17

Some of Turlock's most generous community members packed into the Assyrian American Civic Club on Tuesday morning for the annual Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff Luncheon, stuffing dollars, coins and checks into the organization's iconic red kettles to kick start their holiday fundraising campaign.

The goal for the 2017 Christmas Kettle campaign is $310,000.

Beginning Monday, November 20, kettle stands will appear at various retailers, malls and grocery stores to Christmas Eve.

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"If you just put a bucket out there with no one standing there, you might get like 50 cents", he said. The candy was a big thing [to a child].

Volunteers can sign up for ringing locations and times through the Mankato Salvation Army's website at www.salvationarmynorth.org/community/mankato/. All the donations raised in the kettle campaign stay local and are used for the Christmas Assistance Program, along with other programs throughout the year. "We're hoping that this may be helpful in terms of getting more donations".

Programs and services like the day drop in shelter, emergency food services, Community Choice Pantry as well as the after school program, and volunteer income tax clinic.

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"It basically supports our whole work in The Salvation Army during the year", said Maj. So many of us have a lot. o many of us don't have very much.

"My parents always wanted us to appreciate the sentiment that 'giving is better than receiving.' That's really become important in my life", Brantley said. It's 365 days a year.

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