Salvation Army kicks off "Rock the Red Kettle" campaign


Bells will be ringing again around many of your favorite stores. The Salvation Army has kicked off the holiday season with its "Rock the Red Kettle" Campaign on Saturday.

The first Salvation Army kettles appeared on Friday in Duluth followed by the citywide events in the Twin Cities and Rochester on Saturday.

The organization said the kettles will be in every major city state wide the day after Thanksgiving.

WCCO reports that the Salvation Army is looking to raise more than $10 million this season. To meet the goal the organization says they will need a lot more volunteers.

Commander Jeff Strickler told WCCO that, "We have 120,000 hours to fill with volunteer bell ringers, so we can use all the help we can get from people."

KSTP reports that Hormel Foods is doubling the donations from the kickoff up to $50,000.

The organization is calling its volunteers "rock stars" this year. On average bell ringers raise an average of $30 per hour.

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