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2010 Red Kettle Campaign
The 2010 Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas Campaign kicks off on November 12, 2010 with Deputy Chief Rodney Smith as Chairman.

The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign enables the Salvation Army to provide food, toys and clothing to over 6 million people during the Christmas season and helps more than 34 million Americans recovering from all kinds of personal disasters nationwide.

The Red Kettle campaign, first started in San Francisco in 1891, has traditionally been The Salvation Army’s most prominent fund-raiser. In 2004, the campaign raised over $100 million in communities nationwide, with the nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars all remaining in the towns where the money was deposited into the kettles. The funds raised help support many of the 37 million people in poverty who turn to the Army for food and toys at Christmas, utility and homeless assistance, senior and child care, drug abuse treatment and many other social service needs.

This year the local Ocala/Marion County Red Kettle Campaign is being chaired by Deputy Chief Rodney Smith of the Ocala Police Department. He has already recruited area leaders for the kick-off that is scheduled for Friday, November 12, 2010 at 8:45am on the Ocala Downtown Square. These are leaders will ring the bell at designated locations for the first hour of the campaign. They will each be in competition with one another to see who can raise the most money in that first hour. Since “padding the pot” is allowed, and even encouraged, some are already collecting donations!! You can even donate on-line by going to the various on-line kettles. You can search www.OnlineRedKettle.com for the kettle you want to contribute to! The area leaders who are participating are Chief Samuel Williams of the Ocala Police Department, Marion County Sheriff Ed Dean and Ocala Mayor Randy Ewers.

So, come out and join us for the kick-off and participate throughout the holiday season by contributing to our Red Kettles!!

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