Salvation Army Rings in Red Kettle Season

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Tallahassee, FL - Let the bell ringing begin. The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without The Salvation Army bell ringers.

Today at the state capitol the charity group announced its annual Red Kettle Kickoff. From now through the end of the holiday season members of the Salvation Army will have their bright red kettles outside of stores across the state. Captain Julio Da Silva says the money raised over the next eight weeks has to last the Salvation Army the entire year.

“This is basically the only fundraiser we have all year. That’s why we need so badly the help of the community to get together with us and volunteer,” said Silva.

The Salvation Army is also launching its Angel Tree outreach. The trees are set up in malls across the state. People who want to help, can take an angle off the tree and then buy Christmas presents for the child who’s name is printed on the paper angel.

Salvation Army Corps of Tallahassee Release

WHO: The Salvation Army Corps of Tallahassee

WHAT: The official kick-off of the Kettle Campaign bell ringing season, including the opening of all 25 kettle locations, and the kick-off of the Angel Tree adoption program location for the Christmas season in Tallahassee.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 13th, 2012, beginning at 11:00 am.

WHERE: The front steps of the old Capitol Building

HOW: Our program agenda is as follows:

Ø The Salvation Army's Brass trio will play
Ø The Salvation Army Advisory Board Chairman will welcome those present and express appreciation for all support
Ø Captain Julio Da Silva will open the ceremony with a prayer of Thanksgiving
Ø Captain Julio Da Silva will introduce the Campaign "Be A Shield." He will address the Army's need for volunteers from the community to help ring bells during the kettle campaign and to adopt children from our Christmas program.
Ø There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the kettle stand
Ø Members of the Advisory Board will introduce attending representatives and will speak to the assembly.
Ø The Brass trio ensemble will close with a medley of Christmas tunes.

The Red Kettle Kick-Off will also feature the debut of Captain Kettle, The Tallahassee Salvation Army's new Red Kettle mascot.

The 2012 Red Kettle Season will run from November 12 until December 24. Red kettles will be stationed at over 25 locations in Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties. Each Red Kettle needs a bell ringer so those with a positive attitude and a desire to help the less fortunate are encouraged to volunteer to become bell ringers.

Organizations such as youth groups, churches, businesses, fraternities and sororities, and civic groups are also encouraged to volunteer to ring bells throughout the season.

CONTACT: Captain Julio Da Silva, (850) 222-0304 or (502) 690-1237, 5016 W Tennessee St.

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