The Salvation Army rang in Friday with the launch of various holiday programs and services.
Surrounded by Christmas music from the group's brass band, the noon event on Fountain Square featured 15 companies ceremoniously dumping office funds into an oversized red kettle. The most visible campaign raises funds for those in need, while Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, Stuff a Stocking, and Toy Shop programs collect and distribute toys. Coat Collection provides winter wear.
Organizers hope to achieve $500,000 in donations before December 24.
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