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Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign kicks off this weekend in Jackson

JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - As we get closer to the holidays and the season of giving, the Salvation Army kicks off their Red Kettle Campaign this Saturday at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Jackson.

“The Red Kettle Campaign has been a successful way for the Salvation Army to raise funds that are needed to provide services throughout the entire year," said Lt. Mark Cancia, the Commanding officer at the Salvation Army.

Cancia explains a little background about why the Red Kettle Campaign was created.

“The Red Kettle Campaign is something that started in the mid-1900s, and it was because of the need in the local communities out on the coast,” said Lt. Cancia.

The Salvation Army encourages the public to donate to the organization because all funds raised benefit people in your own community.

“Whether it’s helping someone maintain their utilities during the wintertime, or keeping someone housed during the springtime, or even sending kids to camp during the summer the funds that the Salvation Army raises during this season through our Red Kettle Campaign are extremely important,” said Lt. Cancia.

The Salvation Army is still searching for volunteers to ring the bell during the Red Kettle Campaign. The Canteen Coordinator explains why you should volunteer.

“It takes a special someone, not a large step or leap of faith, but you carry things forward. Once somebody has done something nice for you, you want to do something nice for somebody else,” said Roger Fowler, the Canteen Coordinator at the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army is working to raise 140,000 dollars during the season. Bell ringers will be located at the local Walmarts, Krogers, and the Farmer’s Market in downtown Jackson this year.

The Red Kettle Campaign begins this Saturday and will continue until Christmas Eve.

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