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Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle Campaign

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The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Red Kettle Campaign in Marathon County on Friday.

It's one of the largest fundraisers of the year.      

Organizers us they hope to raise $160,000 this year, just in Marathon County.

It's an iconic sound of the holiday season.

As you check items off the Christmas shopping list, these bell ringers like Joanne Krahn, are collecting money for the Salvation Army.

"It's good to help people," says Krahn "I like to teach my kids to help people."

Krahn has volunteered for the Red Kettle Campaign for almost a decade.

Over the years, she and her boy scouts have experienced a lot, including cold ringing in the winter.

"We rang last year into December," said Krahn "We actually had to rotate the boys in and out of the store so they could warm up for a little while."           

Organizers say the money raised will keep Salvation Army programs running for the next year.

The Salvation Army bell ringers have been featured in movies and TV shows, as a part of the holiday shopping experience.

Organizers say that exposure has helped the annual campaign.

"I think because people know who we are," said Lt. Jacob Tripp, Salvation Army "Know what we do, and we are out there consistently. They know they can trust us to do what we're saying we will do with the money that they are giving us."

The Red Kettle Campaign runs until Christmas Eve.

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