Lawton Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army Angel Tree is located next to Macy's in North Park Center

The Salvation Army Angel Tree is located next to Macy's in North Park Center

The Lima Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to help make their goal in this years annual Red Kettle Campaign.

The Salvation Army says donation kettles with bell ringers raise around $30 per hour in donations. Video by Chris Mertes. "We have about 40% of shift left to fill so there's lot of opportunity left to get involved and help make a difference". The money is used to fund services provided by the Salvation Army. They brought food, and they brought toys and they brought candy.

Volunteers can sign up for ringing locations and times through the Mankato Salvation Army's website at

As of November 23, kettles will be set up Foodland, Sobeys and Harbax Home Hardware in Glace Bay and beginning December 1, kettles will also be placed at Atlantic Superstore, the Glace Bay liquor store and the Sterling Mall. "This season, every cent helps us turn the hope of those we serve into reality".

All the money donated through the kettle campaign in Kingston, stays in Kingston, and goes to help those in need locally.

Last year, the six-week Red Kettle Campaign raised $640,000 across the organization's six-county service area.

Last year, 708,884 individuals in New Jersey received assistance from The Salvation Army, which included holiday and seasonal assistance, food pantry, soup kitchens, after-school programs, emergency shelter and much more. "It supports us year round so we're able to help people and restore hope and dignity on a daily basis and help people out of the cycle of poverty". This year's goal is also $70,000.

Monies collected from the campaign more than found a way back into the community, according to Rowland.