Courtesy Photo Pictured above are Major Kevin Cedervall of the Salvation Army, Randy Boboltz of the Alpena Lions Club, center, and bell ringer Tim Hart.
The bells have started ringing for the annual Salvation Army holiday kettle kick-off that marks the start of the holiday season. This year, the Salvation Army is implementing two new initiatives to raise money for those in need. The money raised in the local kettle campaign supports those services in Champaign County.
"He wanted to provide a Christmas dinner for people", Tamayo said.
"We are so thankful for this very generous community who helps us assist our neighbours in need", said Ludlow.
The campaign runs through December 31. This year the goal has been set at $50,000. This year I'm gonna to drop a little extra. Fans will then have the chance to contribute to the Red Kettle Campaign throughout the evening.
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During the kickoff ceremony, the Salvation Army Brass Band of the National Capital Area played Christmas carols such as "Silver Bells" and "Joy to the World". "And we, the church of God and the community of believers and all of humankind, we have to fight for good".
Major Lopes says the Red Kettle campaign is only in its first week but donations are not where they should be.
The charity helps needy children and seniors in the metro get Christmas gifts.
Last Christmas, the Salvation Army provided 6,893 toys to more than 700 children from low-income families.