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Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign begins

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

They're back! Cheery volunteers armed with mini-bells and their iconic red kettles hit the streets on Wednesday afternoon.

The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Red Kettle Campaign in the Tri-state.

The Red Kettle campaign is The Salvation Army's largest fundraiser, contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to programs helping people in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

This year's campaign has a goal of $775 thousand and represents funds that are greatly needed in the face of market dynamics that have continued to witness sustained unemployment and thousands of local families seeking emergency assistance.

Often referred to as 'the army behind the Army,' volunteers play a crucial role in The Salvation Army's ability to provide social services for the entire community.

Do you have what it takes to be a Kettle Bell Ringer? The Salvation Army is looking for community volunteers this holiday season, running from November 20 through December 24. To find out how you can volunteer, click here.

Looking to help out in a different way? Online donations to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle are also accepted.

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