Salvation Army held annual Red Kettle campaign kick off

Charol McDonald an employee at the Salvation Army’s Southfield office paints red kettles and the poles that hold them in preparation for this year’s fundraising drive outside area businesses. Anne Runkle The Oakland Press

Charol McDonald an employee at the Salvation Army’s Southfield office paints red kettles and the poles that hold them in preparation for this year’s fundraising drive outside area businesses. Anne Runkle The Oakland Press

The Salvation Army in Auburn seeks volunteers to ring bells at its red kettles outside popular shopping venues this holiday season.

Festival Foods recently announced it will partner with the Salvation Army to host the Red Kettle campaign at its 28 stores across the state beginning this month. The tree at is covered in tags with local children in need of presents. According to a press release, 1,885 "angels" were helped in Bryan-College Station last year, and about 2,200 will be available for adoption this year.

"We just raise as much as we can", said Gary Shipley.

Every year, 13abc teams up with the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps for the annual Hope for the Holidays campaign.

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Salvation Army begins their annual. Bell-ringers will be stationed outside local businesses through December 24 as part of the organization's main fundraising event of the year.

The 2016 Tree of Lights campaign ended by raising $103,412, making it the second year in a row the organization had exceeded its goal.

Those at the Salvation Army say it is a great chance to make a difference in a child's life.

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