"Our annual Christmas Kettle Campaign is our major fundraiser for the year for the Salvation Army in Red Deer", Major Larry Bridger said.
The Salvation Army of Winchester bell-ringers are back in action for the holiday season.
Capt. Gonzalez said they are still looking for volunteers to be bell ringers, and encouraged local organizations to volunteer for some time during the holidays. Volunteer bell ringers are still needed. Each year, the Lions sell the newspaper written, printed and donated by The Alpena News, and then in turn donate all the proceeds to the Salvation Army for the goal of supporting efforts to better the community.
Families and individuals of all ages are welcomed to ring with most choosing to ring in two-hour time slots, but time can be adjusted to accommodate groups and larger families.
Advisory board member Terry Anderson made the first donation to the fund and said it takes the whole community to make the Red Kettle campaign a success.
Last year the Thunder Bay Salvation Army raised $220,000 and hope to raise $200,000 again this year. She urged the more than 30 people gathered near the Apple Blossom Mall's food court to donate to the campaign, stating that the Salvation Army "can't do their work unless we do our part".
"The Salvation Army is so appreciative of all the Lion's Club does to help us out all year, but especially this Christmas donation to help us get off on the right foot towards our goal", said Major Kevin Cedervall. "We are so grateful to the community and area businesses for their support, working alongside the Salvation Army to make sure that children experience the joy of opening a present on Christmas morning and knowing that someone cares for them". The program runs until December 16.