'Tis the season, which means the distant ringing of bells as The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign is back in Abilene, ushering in the spirit of Christmas. As you get out and about to do your holiday shopping, please consider donating to this very worthy cause.

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The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s primary fundraising initiative, providing life-changing programs and services throughout the year, including food assistance, shelter for people experiencing homelessness, emergency financial support, youth programs, and disaster response.

"From its humble origins in 1891 when a Salvation Army Captain used a crab pot to collect funds in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown to become one of the most recognized charitable initiatives worldwide," said Captain Joshua McKain of The Salvation Army in Abilene. "The funds raised in the Red Kettle will serve as a lifeline in our community, offering essential assistance, including nourishment, shelter, and vital social services to people during their greatest need."

Red Kettles will be stationed outside area stores and local businesses, Monday through Saturday, from the beginning of November until Christmas Eve. Last year, The Salvation Army raised $98,000 to support our community. This season they are hoping to raise $125,000.

“We are grateful for the spirit of giving in our community and for the unwavering support we receive from our generous donors and corporate partners,” added McKain. “Together, we can ignite hope and support people in our community who are in the most need.”

The Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers to ring the bells at the Red Kettles. Sign up by visiting RegisterToRing.com and following the prompts. You can also call (325) 677-1408.

Check in at www.salvationarmyabilene.org, call (325) 677-1408, or visit Abilene's chapter at 1726 Butternut Street to donate and learn how you can support The Salvation Army this Christmas.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps nearly 24 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at nearly 7,000 centers of operation around the country. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on X @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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