Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, annual toy drive kick off


The Salvation Army says roughly 80 percent of shifts for bell ringers are available and need to be picked up.

The goal announced at a kick-off breakfast this morning is $515,000, up from the 2016 goal of less than $500,000 but under the $529,000 collected a year ago under co-chairmen State Rep. Dan Brady and WJBC's Scott Laughlin.

Bells are ringing and volunteers are singing for donations to the Salvation Army red kettles.

Olympic hurdler and bobsledder Lolo Jones is fighting to keep families safe and warm this Christmas with a fundraiser dedicated to sheltering the homeless. Red kettles will be stationed at 20 prominent locations throughout York from next Friday, Nov. 17, through December 23.

All the money will stay in the area and support the Salvation Army's efforts including the food pantry. "We're about meeting the needs of people in our community in Jesus' name and that's what Christmas is about".

You can stop by the Salvation Army near 27th and Potter.

The Salvation Army of York will open its Red Kettle Campaign with a ceremony next Friday on Continental Square.

The money raised is not only used to provide Christmas assistance.

"Every year", Lonnie Egger, with Family Fare, said.

Twenty-five Red Kettles are going up at stores throughout Bloomington-Normal. Mondays through Saturdays, with the exception of Thanksgiving, through December 23. To volunteer to ring the bell, please visit "We hope this kick-off event raises awareness of the huge need in our community, but also serves as a celebration of holiday generosity".