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WAUSAU (WAOW) -

A familiar sound has returned to north central Wisconsin. The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is underway.

"Most people, they know we're trying to help those in need. When they hear the bell, they know that," said Lt. Jacob Tripp of The Salvation Army.

The Red Kettle Campaign is up and running with 26 locations around Marathon County. Leaders say they're hoping to raise more than $100,000.

In Portage County, Salvation Army officials say they have 11 locations throughout the area with a fund raising goal of $130,000.

But in order to make all that happen leaders say they need volunteers.

"It's a way for people in the community that want to help in some way but are unsure how to help," said Lt. Tripp.

Sheri Langsdorf started ringing bells more than 20 years ago.

"There's so many that need things in our community and one way to give is the bell ringing," said Langsdorf.

This year she'll be back at it again.

"The more fun you are, the more people will come just to see, we have people come and join us, even just for a few minutes," said Langsdorf.

The money raised funds about 60% of the operations for the entire year. Without it, Salvation Army officials say business wouldn't survive.

"Without the services that we offer some people would go without things, like basic things like food or shelter," said Lt. Tripp.

So as you check off your holiday shopping list, chances are you'll hear the sound of the bells. A sound that could make someone's holiday special.

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