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The Salvation Army relies on the money raised through the Red Kettle campaign to provide Christmas to local families in need and to safeguard the well being of the community through year-round programming and social services.

The holidays are right around the corner and that means the Salvation Army bell ringing campaign has begun.

Tuesday's Kettle Klash saw 11 teams raise $63,069 - over $3,000 more than this year's goal of $60,000 and almost $6,000 more than last year's total.

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In 2015, the Salvation Army raised $72,000 in Glace Bay and surrounding communities and previous year $70,000 was donated. The tradition was created in 1979 and helps relieve the stress of gift giving for millions of families every year.

"What the community gives us, we give back". "The only difference between you and a police officer is that they are getting paid to do those things".

"We have a new program we just launched, our Nourish program, which is helping individuals build life skills and cooking and things like that, and much more, and even summer camps", Sadowy said.

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From its humble beginnings as a fundraiser started by a Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. Bell ringers will accompany the kettles asking for donations every day of the week, except Sunday, through December 24.

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is now ready for families to apply for Christmas assistance this holiday season - including food and toys.

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