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Salvation Army kicks off their Red Kettle Campaign

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The familiar sound of bells has once again returned to some of your favorite stores. The Waterloo - Cedar Falls Salvation Army is kicking off its annual Red Kettle Campaign on Friday and it will run through December 24th. This year's goal is $670,000.

This fundraiser is by far the most important one for the Salvation Army as it brings in half of its annual budget

Captain Rob Whitney says all these donations go to running a variety of programs throughout the year. They include the meal program, the family activities center, women's and men's shelters, family shelter, as well as keeping the lights on in those facilities.

"We average over 280 people in our feeding program alone. Then we have a 32 bed woman's shelter, a 16 bed men's shelter so there's 48 beds a night that we assist with," said Whitney.

In this day and age when debit cards are the norm officials with the Salvation Army are hoping you take a little more cash out this year to make this season a little more special.

"I hope they remember a bit of the Christmas spirit and I would hope they remember those that are less fortunate then they are that maybe sleeping under a bridge, or maybe going to bed hungry, maybe worried about where their next rent payment or their next medication payment is coming from. Those are the kind of people we help," said Whitney.

The Red Kettle Campaign will run for six weeks. If you would like to volunteer to be a bell ringer in the Cedar Valley, you can contact the volunteer coordinator at the Salvation Army.

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