First day of red kettle campaign

First day of red kettle campaign

"This is for the volunteers that come to ring the bells and their having a little get together for them to start off the season for bell ringing", said Volunteer, Mark Miller.

The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army covers 48 counties in upstate NY and one city in Pennsylvania (Sayre).

Nielson said the Red Kettle campaign raised between $260,000 and $270,000 in Cobb alone past year.

Last year, the Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio assisted more than 4,800 children during the Christmas season.

"The kettle campaign fuels what we do throughout the year, Lt. Stephen Toynton said".

"There's still a big demand". This is the only fundraiser the Salvation Army does all year. "We don't see it getting any smaller", he said. The funds also will support the Salvation Army food pantry and be used to provide children with toys on Christmas.

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Also, store employees will hand out color-coded maps to help shoppers navigate through large crowds. Walmart, Target and Best Buy have rolled out their Black Friday 2017 plans.

The program will again benefit from Walmart Canada, which will match all the funds raised at its stores across Canada on one of the final Saturdays before Christmas.

"Though this campaign is critical to meeting the need in the Christmas season and ensuring families have a wonderful holiday, it's also critical to meeting the needs of those same folks, an even vaster majority of folks through the year", Meisner said.

"We've been very fortunate over the years to have tremendous support from the people and the businesses of Cumberland County".

Kettles will be available at five sites in High River and Okotoks, with a sixth beginning in December, Cole said.

School groups, youth groups and individuals volunteer as a way to give back to their communities.

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