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Salvation Army 'Red Kettle' campaign begins in Buffalo

Ashley Hirtzel

The Salvation Army of Buffalo kicked off its Red Kettle Fund Drive on the steps of City Hall Friday. Organizers celebrated the campaign opening with music by the Salvation Army Brass Band and a bell ringing.

The fund drive surrounding donations in the famous red kettles began in 1884. Major Thomas Applin says the contributions will go to help the community’s less fortunate.

“The Salvation Army works to make change happen and with your help we can change danger into safety. Nearly 20,000 nights of safe, clean shelter are provided to families through the Salvation Army’s emergency family shelter each year. With your help we can change frustration into hope. Through job referrals and training, resume writing and assistance of on the job training,” said Applin.

The Salvation Army plans to raise $1.3 million through the campaign this year. Mayor Byron Brown says he believes the red kettle is symbol of hope. He encourages everyone to support the cause.

"Because when we support the Salvation Army, we support our community, our family members, and our neighbors throughout Buffalo and Western New York that might be in need,” said Brown.

Donations for the campaign can be made through the red kettles that can be found at various locations across western New York or online at RedKettleReason.org.