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Veteran's Day kicks off $8.4 million Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

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DETROIT – The Salvation Army kicks off the Red Kettle Campaign with an $8.4 million goal. 

Bell-ringers will hit the store front across Metro-Detroit to ring the holiday season.

The donations are critical to help the organization continue to provide more than 2.7 million meals and more than 650,000 nights of shelter said Andrea Kenski, spokesperson for The Salvation Army.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, among communities with more than 65,000 residents, Detroit continues to post the highest poverty rates at nearly 40 percent with Oakland and Macomb County also experiencing spikes since the 2008 recession.

“The Salvation Army is asking for the Tri-county community to give generously at red kettles across metro-Detroit this holiday season,” said Major Russell Sjogren, general secretary and Metro Detroit area commander of the Salvation Army.  “With the community’s help, we will be able to aid so many children and families living in our own hometown.  And we are proud that for every dollar we receive, 87 cents goes directly to programs and services for local residents.”

Opportunities for the public to participate in events during the Red Kettle Campaign can be found here.

Volunteer bell ringers are welcome at 500 red kettle locations throughout Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland Counties and are posted at www.ringbell.org.   

There are several ways to donate as bell ringers will be outside numerous stores including Kroger, Sears, Kmart, Walmart, Walgreens and many others. 

Donations are also accepted from online shoppers using, www.smile.amazon.com by choosing the Salvation Army Eastern Michigan as the appropriate charity.