It's just about "that time of year, again." The familiar sound of the iconic Red Kettle bell will soon be heard throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area as The Salvation Army of Kent County opens its Red Kettle Campaign, and, they need YOU!

Friday, November 9 is the kickoff at a select number of locations. Last year alone, donations at Kent County kettle sites generated nearly $335,000 in support of local Salvation Army programs and services, largely through the efforts of volunteer bell ringers. So, the question is, can you help?

The Red Kettle tradition began in 1891 as a way for Salvation Army Officer Captain Joseph McFee to provide funds for a Christmas dinner for those who were destitute and poverty stricken in San Francisco. Throughout the world, public contributions to Red Kettles enable The Salvation Army to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise go without.

You can support local Salvation Army bell ringing efforts by registering at, by calling 616.459.3433 ext: 1152 or by emailing Everyone can also support The Salvation Army of Kent County by sending financial gifts directly to The Salvation Army, 1215 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3849, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by donating online at

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