Tuesday, 07 November 2017 06:24

The Salvation Army kicked off its Annual Christmas Kettle Effort Featured

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AUGUSTA - Can you hear the ringing? For many, Christmas is a time to spend with family and for giving. To make sure everyone gets touched by the joy of the season, The Salvation Army is gearing up to help families in need with its Kettle Campaign.

You see them outside different retail establishments and while it's not Christmas quite yet, it's not too early to get into the spirit of giving. The Salvation Army kicked off its Annual Christmas Kettle Effort.


"This helps us throughout the year do the work that we do," said Major Raphael Jackson, the Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Northern New England Division.


This year, more than 130 red kettles will be stationed across the state. The Salvation Army donates thousands of dollars worth of food and toys to families in need.


"This last year we helped about 44,500 individuals with different kind of service," said Jackson.


Governor Paul LePage kicked off the campaign with a brief ceremony and with his donation.


"The Salvation Army does more than ring the bells during Christmas time with the red kettles," said LePage. "They are there day in and day out, in our societies, in our communities and our counties. Throughout the state, helping Mainers and anyone in need."


And what people may not know is that something as little as a penny could help many.


"That handful of change - it all adds up to help us do the most good," said Jackson. 

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