Salvation Army Kicks Off Red Kettle Campaign In NYC

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – In the New York area, there are 500 Salvation Army red kettles and bellringers in operation now.

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They are collecting donations for the holidays.

There’s just something about the combination of the kettle and bell.

“It’s an extremely effective mechanism in terms of getting New Yorkers to give, whether it’s their change or bills or some people put in checks or even now we’ve got the ability to do credit cards,” said Salvation Army Lt. Col. Guy Klemanski. “Within the framework of our economy, the need is greater than it’s ever been.”

Those red kettles collected $2.5 million last year. The goal this time around is $3 million.

Do you give to the Salvation Army? Why do you do it? Share your story in the comments section below!

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  1. pugphan says:

    Please folks remember it is: “MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!” Not happy holidays. smokersodysseycom

    1. Winston Smith says:

      My Bell Ringer boss said “Whenever I hear someone say ‘Happy Holidays’ I’m inclined to ask ‘Is it the Fourth of July?'”

  2. Winston Smith says:

    This is the fourth year I’ve been ‘on the lines’ These folks really do good for folks in dire straits!
    My hope is that, aside from helping to fund next year’s expenses for the Salvation Army, I help spread a bit of cheer to those I greet!
    FILL THE BUCKETS, FOLKS and M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S!!

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