Get Ready for the Red Kettles

by Emily Baird on November 8, 2010 at 6:30 am

It’s a familiar sound that emerges around this time of year.

The Salvation Army is setting up for its annual six-week donation period.

"Some people don’t like that bell. It gets on their nerves, but it really draws attention. So, the bell and the kettle is what the Salvation Army, represents us, " says Captain Dianne Campbell of the Salvation Army.

There are currently seven kettles set up around the area, but that number will jump to 17 after Thanksgiving. The organization usually raises between $60,000 and $80,000 for its Christmas effort, and some of that money carries into the new year, but Campbell says she’s a little worried that people won’t be able to open their pocketbooks this year, even though the need is greater.

"I know that people have been gracious. So, I’m asking for a little bit of change. You put change in the kettle, you can change a person’s life, " says Campbell.

Campbell says every little bit helps. The Salvation Army plans to pass out 2,300 food baskets this holiday season and give out toys to around 1,900 kids.