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Carlton County Salvation Army to kick off its 2011 Red Kettle Campaign

The Carlton County Salvation Army will kick off its 2011 Red Kettle Christmas Campaign on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Streetcar, 232 Chestnut St., Carlton from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

"The Red Kettle is more important than ever this year," said Captain Ruth Gibbons. "In these tough economic times an increased number of individuals are asking for the Salvation Army's help with utilities, rent and food supplies. The need continues to grow and the resources available from our community partners (grants, FEMA, etc.) are drastically being reduced."

According to Jackie Meyer, Salvation Army administrator and Red Kettle Christmas Campaign coordinator, bell ringers are still needed at Super One Foods, L&M and Wal-Mart. Individuals and groups can sign up by contacting Jackie at 218-879-1693.

This year, businesses and others unable to ring bells but want to support the Salvations Army's endeavors may choose to sponsor a kettle or match a kettle on a specific day and hours up to a maximum dollar amount that they can choose.

The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign, is the oldest annual charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States. Through Christmas Eve, the campaign will raise money for people in need in our community, food for the hungry, clothing, affordable household items, help with rent/mortgage payments, utilities, and countless other social service programs year round.

Teresa Kavanaugh, Streetcar manager, said they are pleased to host the Salvation Army's Annual Kick-off and welcome the public to stop by for a free appetizer. The Streetcar is a full service family restaurant serving lunch and dinner seven days a week with a relaxing atmosphere and daily specials.The public is invited.