Salvation Army struggles to find new locales for Red Kettles

Salvation Army struggles to find new locales for Red Kettles

Salvation Army struggles to find new locales for Red Kettles

For 100 years, the Salvation Army has used the kettles to collect money for those in need.

Also with it being Veterans Day, the Salvation Army will be treating area veterans to doughnuts and coffee.

The 2017 Red Kettle Campaign officially started Friday, Nov. 10 at noon with the season's first Christmas bell ring at the Knapp's Crossing D&W Fresh Market in Grand Rapids.

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NewsWest 9 is also partnering with the Salvation Army.

Bob and Julie Dobski are this year's campaign chairmen. "It breaks my heart as a father, so I hope to effect change through my partnership with The Salvation Army".

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Red Kettles set up at Marsh stores end up raising about $165,000 annually.

Join the neighborhood gathering on November 17 to officially begin the Red Kettle Campaign. Throughout 2016, 500 men and women were sheltered at Safe Harbor, more than 50,000 meals were served there and more than 2,500 households received food from the food pantry, Felton said. 204, to sign up to be volunteer bell ringers. "We hope this kick-off event raises awareness of the huge need in our community, but also serves as a celebration of holiday generosity". The season runs November 24 thru December 23 with bell ringing each Friday and Saturday from 10 5:30 p.m.

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