Ringing in the holiday: Red Kettle Campaign

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va (WDTV)- It is that time of year again when the red kettles and bell-ringers are set up outside of your favorite stores around the area.

The Salvation Army is in the middle of their 127th Red Kettle Campaign, and workers say volunteers are needed now more than ever to help the 800 children signed up this year.

Donations collected in the little red pots help fund the organization's holiday charity work. During the winter months the Salvation Army provides Christmas presents and meals for less-fortunate families in our area. Whatever funds are left-over go towards community help throughout the year. Overall, the money collected makes up 80% of the Salvation Army's budget.

"This year we took over 500 applications for families in the area," Salvation Army Administrator Christina Smith said. "They have signed up for the Angel Tree and food baskets and I believe it is 800 children we are going to be able to help."

Smith says the Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the selfless volunteers and donors. Around the holidays is when their need for help is the highest. She says more volunteers mean more kettles are set up, which leads to more donations to serve those in need.