Salvation Army begins Red Kettle Campaign

Salvation Army Christmas dinner

A Salvation Army trumpeter lets a child have a turn playing his instrument

It is supported through donations of gifts through its "Angel Tree" program, in which donors choose suggested gifts from notes clipped to giving trees around the community.

"A lot of the really awesome things we got this morning were teen gifts, so gift cards, earbuds, iTunes, movie passes, sport equipment, everything we need for teens", said Patty Lou Bryant, communications coordinator for the non-profit.

The staff will be at the Walmart in Pearl on Friday from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.

"We'll be using all of these funds to support our programs that are with emergency assistance programs", says Salvation Army Captain Karl Dahlin. Toys will be donated to families in need throughout the season.

Toys collected at the drive will be delivered to the Salvation Army's office off of West Church Street Saturday afternoon.

The goal this year is $255,000, according to a news release. For the 12th straight year, Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland will serve as the Honorary Chairman of the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign.

While the choir has a Christmas event scheduled every year, members of the choir made a decision to do something different this year, according Martis Bracy, who has been a member of the Choir since it was founded in 1998.

In years past, the choir had an event titled "The Night Christ Was Born", which featured speeches from community leaders.

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