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Give back this Christmas with the Salvation Army Angel Tree

11 November, 2017, 02:31 | Author: Nadine Todd
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Newly appointed Commissioner David Hudson, National Commander of The Salvation Army, has issued a call for action as the holiday season approaches.

The temperatures have dropped and the bells are ringing, it can only mean one thing - Red Kettle season has started.

The Salvation Army's Angie Bubon said the familiar sound of the bells next to the collection kettles has already begun.

About three thousand kids will be helped this year through the program. "This year our kettle goal is, just straight kettle goals alone is $210,000", said Lt. Matthew Beatty of Salvation Army.

At these locations, individuals or families can take an angel tree ornament from a location and buy for the age of the child/teen on the ornament.

Last year's campaign raised a record high $529,689 - $253,696 in the Red Kettles and $276,001.97 from mail and online appeals and other gifts.

News 12 Now's, Chip Chapman, this year's honorary Christmas chair, will join Angel Tree Partners, Hamilton Place Mall, News 12 Now, KZ106, WGOW AM/FM News Talk Radio, 1079 Nash Icon and J103 FM to make the first donations to the Red Kettles as they challenge the public to join them.

"You've got to help your community". Almost 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.

The goal announced at a kick-off breakfast this morning is $515,000, up from the 2016 goal of less than $500,000 but under the $529,000 collected previous year under co-chairmen State Rep. Dan Brady and WJBC's Scott Laughlin.

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