Salvation Army offering Christmas help in the Flathead Valley

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Salvation Army Major Henry Morris, Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Newcomb, and JT Gandolfo joined Tyler Ryan on Good Morning Columbia to talk about the mission that is way beyond some change in a bucket on a cold shopping season.

The bells will be ringing as the annual Lima Salvation Army's "Red Kettle Campaign" kicks off.

"We have a lot of programs here that need the funding".

The Salvation Army says almost 70 percent of its annual donations come in during the red kettle campaign.

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We'll be seeing the iconic red kettles in spots all around the city starting Monday through Christmas. Staff at the Salvation Army say money raised during this campaign helps fund the organization through the year.

There also will be hot cocoa and cookies and a variety of family activities.

The opening celebrations will include entertainment, celebrity bell-ringers and Salvation Army doughnuts. "We are so grateful for community's support to make Christmas joy a reality for so many!" Once items are purchased, they should be returned to the same Angel Tree as soon as possible. The Salvation Army hopes to collect over 250,000 donated Christmas gifts for local recipients in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton, and Ellis counties. The Salvation Army's mascot, Captain?Kettle will be available for photos as well.