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Salvation Army of Siouxland ring in their annual Red Kettle campaign

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Christmas is right around the corner and the Salvation Army of Siouxland has officially kicked off their annual Red Kettle campaign.

The Salvation Army held the “first ring” of 2019, Friday, at Southern Hills Mall.

The Red Kettle Campaign raises money to help nearly 700 local families in need during the holiday season.

Kettle sites are set up all around Siouxland, usually outside retail stores.

Captain April Clark of the Salvation Army says there are over 14,000 hours of volunteering opportunity available.

“For every hour you can feed at least 13 families and so you make think that your hour isn’t enough, however thirteen families and thirteen families you help then your neighbor helps thirteen families and it just goes along and so maybe you don’t have the money to contribute to the kettles, but you have the time,” said Captain Clark.

This year, the Salvation Army is teaming up with Riddles Jewelry for “Ring for Bling” as an incentive to recruit volunteers.

For every two hours a volunteer rings the bell at a kettle site, they will receive one entry in a drawing to win diamond jewelry.

And being a little light on cash is no longer a problem for potential donators.

The Salvation Army has added a new method of payment for their annual Red Kettle Campaign.

This Red Kettle Season donations can be made by using “Kettle Pay”, which allows people to donate with Apple Pay or Google Pay.

The Salvation Army has placed smart chips and QR codes on the red kettle signs where donors can scan their phone to make a digital donation.

So no excuses, whether you don’t have cash or you prefer to donate online, “Kettle Pay” will be available at all kettle sites across Siouxland.

Xava Parra

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