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Red Kettle campaign kicks off

The Red Kettle campaign is underway across the region.

Are you ready for the bell ringers?

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign has begun and will continue throughout the holiday season. This year the local Salvation Army's goal is to raise $100,000 to assist people in need.

Kettle donations will help families and individuals in the community who are struggling during the holidays but also throughout the year.

The Salvation Army in St Croix County provides: rent assistance, utilities, transportation and medical assistance to families and individuals in need. The Salvation Army also provides milk coupons to the food pantries in the county that are redeemable at a local merchant, along with the highly utilized "Happy Kids Backpack Program " which provides more than 100 families with a backpack full of food once a week.

The Salvation Army in St Croix County also operates a family shelter in Somerset called Grace Place. Currently the home is housing 18 families and individuals and there is always a waiting list.

Donations are being taken at any Red Kettle throughout the county and they can be found at:

Somerset: Econo Foods

New Richmond: Wal-Mart and Family Fresh

Hudson: Wal-mart, County Market, Family Fresh and Papa Murphy's

Glenwood City: Ormsons Super Valu

Roberts: Roberts Grocery

Baldwin: Nilssen's SuperValu

If you are unable to get to a Red Kettle, you can mail your tax deductible donation to: Salvation Army 203 Church Hill Rd Somerset, WI 54025.

If you are able to volunteer a couple hours of your time during the holiday season, the Salvation Army is currently seeking help for bell ringers. You can volunteer a couple hour shift at any of the locations listed and know that you are helping your friends and neighbors in need by donating just a couple hours of your time. If you are interested in helping in this way contact: 715-247-2944 to set up a time to ring.