The Lima Salvation Army needs volunteers

Kettle Kickoff rings in holiday season

Turlock High School students Matt Reis and Ethan Hepner dart around the banquet hall in search of cash during the Kettle Klash

However the kettle funds are not just for Christmas but all year-long.

Officials with the Glace Bay Salvation Army say the annual red kettle campaign will start six days early this year.

Tuesday's Kettle Klash saw 11 teams raise $63,069 - over $3,000 more than this year's goal of $60,000 and almost $6,000 more than last year's total. "The Red Kettle Campaign is integral to the lives of many New Jersey residents, and is made possible, in conjunction with our Platinum sponsors, Prudential Financial, Contura Energy and LENNAR as well as all the other companies and individuals who support our mission to transform the lives of those in need in our state". "We still have shifts available to be fill".

Bell ringing has begun for the holiday season, at some area storefronts at least, for the Mankato Salvation Army.

Volunteers are asked to oversee a kettle at one of 19 locations across the city, for at least one two-hour shift.

"We have 66 opportunities for bell ringers between November 24 and Christmas Eve", Tracy Hebdon, SEICAA coordinator, said.

Leslie Johnson, program coordinator at the Mankato Salvation Army, said groups interested in volunteering for a whole day would be particularly helpful. They brought food, and they brought toys and they brought candy.

Roche volunteers a few times a week, as well as volunteering for the Salvation Army's Christmas Hamper campaign.

This year's Christmas Kettle campaign runs through December 23.

All the money donated through the kettle campaign in Kingston, stays in Kingston, and goes to help those in need locally.

"It basically supports our whole work in The Salvation Army during the year", said Maj. The programs include daily lunches and a seasonal men's shelter. So many of us have a lot. o many of us don't have very much. It's 365 days a year. This year's goal is also $70,000.

"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.

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