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Sturgis Red Kettle campaign kicks off
News Staff - November 16, 2017

STURGIS, SD - The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Christmas Spirit Campaign this week around the Black Hills area.

Red kettle bell ringers will be in 36 locations including a long-time presence in Sturgis.  The goal for the campaign is to raise nearly $400,000 to help provide food, toys and gifts for veterans and the elderly over the holidays. The money will also help relief assistance throughout the year.

According to Major Nathan Johnson of the Salvation Army, the organization will also be collecting turkeys this Saturday, November 17, 2017. “We’re here, getting the bell ringers out there, ringing their bells. And Saturday, we’re going to have volunteers outside collecting turkeys with a goal of 500 turkeys to distribute to families as part of their holiday meal.”

In addition to the turkey drive and the kettles, a total of 80 businesses – including in Sturgis - have Angel Trees on display.

The annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign began in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee decided to have a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken in San Francisco.  To fund the dinner, he placed an iron pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing and beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, "Keep the Pot Boiling." He soon had the money to see that the needy people were properly fed at Christmas.

One hundred and twenty-five years later the tradition continues with bright red kettle stands which posts the message “Doing The Most Good.”

The Salvation Army currently has around 42 volunteers for bell ringing.  Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Salvation Army at 405 North Cherry Avenue, Rapid City, SD, 605-342-0982.



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