First day of red kettle campaign

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Salvation Army volunteer bell ringers will soon be out in full force at stores across the area for the Red Kettle Campaign.

Through the Angel Tree program, individuals, families and businesses can "adopt" a child or senior citizen by purchasing items from their list of needs and requested gifts.

Last year, the tree helped over 1,000 kids receive presents.

"It's very important to ring because this is the only fundraiser we have for the whole year, and if we don't have ringers at those kettles, we're missing out", said Debbie Floriano, Dickinson County Kettle Coordinator.

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This is according to Minister of Social Care, Steven Blackett, who was speaking earlier today at the launch of the Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Appeal.

Money raised will be used throughout the year to help provide food, clothing, emergency and disaster assistance and toys for children this Christmas.

The Salvation Army raised $182,516 through the campaign in 2016 and has a goal of $183,000 this year. Carmen Campbell, corps officer of the Auburn Salvation Army center, said in a news release.

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