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Salvation Army kicks off Kettle Campaign

Nov. 08, 2013 @ 05:30 PM

CHARLESTON -- The Salvation Army in Charleston announces the launch of its annual Christmas Campaign to raise funds to help people who continue to struggle across Kanawha, Putnam, Roane and Clay Counties.

The 109th annual Red Kettle/Angel Tree Kick-off is planned for noon today, Friday, Nov. 8, at the Charleston Town Center Brawley Walkway.

This year's theme, "The Sound of Hope," will gather sponsors, donors and volunteers of the organization to support the Salvation Army's holiday fund drive, running from Nov. 8 through Dec. 24. Funds collected during the drive are distributed throughout the community to benefit those in need. The Salvation Army in Charleston hopes to raise $250,000 through the familiar Red Kettle to help sustain the vital programs and services that help needy people in their daily struggle for survival.

Salvation Army's customary red kettles and bell-ringing volunteers will be stationed outside 35 Charleston area shopping mall, discount store and grocery store locations. Volunteers can sign up for the date and time convenient to their schedule and choose from locations and shifts to fill daily. Local companies can sponsor kettles and provide volunteers to cover a full day of shifts at their site of choice.

"It's the generous support from volunteers that makes it possible for us to provide physical, financial, personal and spiritual help year after year," Salvation Army Major Darrell Kingsbury said in a news release. To volunteer this Christmas season, contact The Salvation Army at 304-343-4548, ext. 113.

The Salvation Army will also celebrate its Angel Tree program during the kickoff. The Angel Tree provides a way for the public to partner with The Salvation Army in providing gifts for children of families in need. The Salvation Army Gospel Brass and Sweet Adelines' Almost Heaven Chorus will fill Charleston Town Center with the first sounds of the holiday season, and local celebrities, board members and officials will have the opportunity to Ring the First Bell and to adopt the very first Angels from the Angel Tree. The 2013 Angel Tree will be located on the second floor of Charleston Town Center.



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