The Red Kettles are Back

November  15, 2013

     A sure sign of the season will begin appearing in the Quad Cities this weekend. Tonight the Salvation Army will kick-off this year's Red Kettle campaign.

     Spokeswoman, Holly Nomura, says the kettles will be used to collect donations at 50 sites - half on the Illinois side and half in Iowa.

"Last year our goal was $725,000 and right  after the first of the year, we made it and then some. We ended up with $746,000 because of this generous community."

     Kettles and bell-ringers will be out through Christmas Eve, except for Sundays and Thanksgiving Day.  The best way to sign-up is to go to the website, ring bells dot org. 

     Nomura says the Christmas campaign is one of the most important events each year for the Salvation Army because it raises about two-thirds of the annual budget. And that includes toys and food baskets for about 2,000 families.

     The Red Kettle Campaign Kickoff will be held at 6:30 tonight at Northpark Mall in Davenport. And the goal will be announced by Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley and Moline Mayor Scott Raes. Singers from Saint Ambrose University, Bee Sharp, will perform Christmas music.