Salvation Army Christmas kettle campaign starts

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For Berryville Mayor Patricia Dickinson, the sight of a bell ringer makes her think of Christmas and helping her neighbors.

The Salvation Army Hertiage Temple Corps, 2200 5th Ave.

Last year the Thunder Bay Salvation Army raised $220,000 and hope to raise $200,000 again this year. The money raised in the local kettle campaign supports those services in Champaign County. Each year, the Lions sell the newspaper written, printed and donated by The Alpena News, and then in turn donate all the proceeds to the Salvation Army for the goal of supporting efforts to better the community.

Dickinson said she does not want the United States to be defined by a "challenging" political landscape, terrorism, senseless violence or drug addiction.

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"We are so thankful for this very generous community who helps us assist our neighbours in need", said Ludlow.

The fundraiser will run until December 24. "That the red kettle campaign exceeds all expectations and that it is the landmark event that tells the world who we are and what we believe in". "And we, the church of God and the community of believers and all of humankind, we have to fight for good".

"And to help bring Christmas to a person that is just in the little extra need of help this year".

He said this year's goal is to raise $90,000 that will help pay for more than 600 Christmas hampers and toys for the needy in the region, with the rest going toward the Salvation Army's family services programs in the Valley that run all year. Parents are able to "shop" for their child's gift, and also receive a food box with the ingredients for a Christmas dinner.

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