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. A majority of funds raised come thanks to the event's Kettle Klash - a five-minute hectic scramble of volunteer teams racing around the room with Salvation Army kettles aiming to collect as many cash donations as possible.
The 2017 Red Kettle campaign goal is $84,000.
Beginning Monday, November 20, kettle stands will appear at various retailers, malls and grocery stores to Christmas Eve.
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command will be kicking off the Angel Tree and Red Kettle campaigns at 10 a.m. on November 21 at Penn Square Mall.
"It's so much money that I'm not even sure how many people it's going to help, but this year we've got to buy toys for Turlock Together, so we can afford to do that now". The Marquette County office is now looking to hire part time bell ringers, or - volunteer bell ringers are also needed. "This season, every cent helps us turn the hope of those we serve into reality".
In 2015, the Salvation Army raised $72,000 in Glace Bay and surrounding communities and previous year $70,000 was donated.
"We always help between 400-500 at Christmas", said Sgt. -Maj. It's 365 days a year.
The first red kettles went out Saturday at both Hy-Vee stores, Shopko and Hobby Lobby, while another 10 spots will be added around town by November 27. This year's goal is also $70,000.
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