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Kettle campaign kicks off and needs community help

The kettles will be out Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at more than a dozen locations until December 23. (WICS)

The holiday season is just around the corner and you'll be hearing a familiar sound across the capital city.

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign kicked off on Thursday. It's the agency's largest fundraiser, and this year's goal for the campaign is $200,000. Last year, they exceeded their goal of $190,000. All of the donations stay in Springfield and go to services including food donations and youth programs.

Captain Joshua Stansbury said, "We know that there are some extremely blessed people in the community, and we know that there are some people that are a little down on their luck as well. So we're hoping to be able to provide for those that are a little down on their luck and sometimes those blessed people become the people that are down on their luck."

The Salvation Army said this year, they need more help because they've given a lot towards recent disaster relief efforts across the country.

The kettles will be out Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at more than a dozen locations until December 23.

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