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Christmas Must be Near

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Two mayors and a choir will help the Salvation Army kickoff this year's Red Kettle campaign. The ceremony will be held at 6 pm at Northpark Mall. 

Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba and Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley will announce this year's goal. And they'll be joined by the Sunshine Show Choir and two children's groups. 

Each year, the Salvation Army relies on the Red Kettle campaign for 60 per cent of its annual budget - to help the homeless with shelter and food, rent and utility assistance, nursing home visits, and other services. 

Red kettles will be set up at 50 locations in the Quad Cities and bell ringers are needed.
  Last Christmas, the campaign went far beyond its goal, and raised 794,000 dollars.