First day of red kettle campaign

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As the holiday season approaches and Christmas music begins to play, the Salvation Army's bell ringers will take up their posts in front of various stores to raise money for the organization.

"It's very important to ring because this is the only fundraiser we have for the whole year, and if we don't have ringers at those kettles, we're missing out", said Debbie Floriano, Dickinson County Kettle Coordinator. "Many families have made participation in the Angel Tree a part of their own family traditions - buying gifts for their adopted Angel as a way to teach the act of charity and giving to their own children".

The Salvation Army is accepting applications at their Toledo headquarters from 9:00 - 11:00 am and then again from 1:00 - 3:00 pm on Wednesday. Bell-ringers will be stationed outside local businesses through December 24 as part of the organization's main fundraising event of the year.

The familiar red kettle and cheery bell has been a long time staple around the holidays, with bell ringers starting around Black Friday and continuing through Christmas Eve.

The goal this year is $500,000. If so, while you're there, you can help make a child's Christmas special. Carmen Campbell, corps officer of the Auburn Salvation Army center, said in a news release.