Officials with the Glace Bay Salvation Army say the annual red kettle campaign will start six days early this year.
The Burger King Hawai'i goal for this year's fundraiser is to raise $10,000, making the holiday season a little merrier for local keiki. Additionally, The Salvation Army served over one million hot meals statewide a year ago.
"We have 66 opportunities for bell ringers between November 24 and Christmas Eve", Tracy Hebdon, SEICAA coordinator, said.
"My parents always wanted us to appreciate the sentiment that 'giving is better than receiving.' That's really become important in my life", Brantley said. To make a donation to The Salvation Army in New Jersey, text NJKETTLE to 41444.
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The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. "The Salvation Army acts as intermediaries with the gifts that we receive and are able to hand out to other people, with the food that we receive that we hand out to other people and then certainly the monetary donations it takes to run the operations here", said Marquette County Salvation Army Captain Doug Winters.
As of November 23, kettles will be set up Foodland, Sobeys and Harbax Home Hardware in Glace Bay and beginning December 1, kettles will also be placed at Atlantic Superstore, the Glace Bay liquor store and the Sterling Mall.
Volunteers can sign up for ringing locations and times through the Mankato Salvation Army's website at www.salvationarmynorth.org/community/mankato/.