Officials say more than 400 families need help this year, the event goes until Friday.
It's all to help surprise them come Christmas morning and take away the stress some families have when they can't afford gifts for their kids during the holidays.
"When they give at a red kettle, that money stays local", said Ruth Blick, director of community Resource development for Salvation Army Traverse City.More news: Tavis Smiley Net Worth: PBS Host Suspended Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Kettle funds assist with the Salvation Army's Christmas needs but they are especially important in ensuring that they are able to meet the needs throughout the coming year.
We have provided direct link to give online.
"It's a feel-good for us, but it's a feel-good for people we see on the streets, that to know that we have all joined in to help, too", Flanagan said. It funds local Salvation Army programs throughout the year.
The Salvation Army is an worldwide Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882.More news: Health officials encourage vaccination as peak of flu season begins
Hosted at more than 2,000 locations across Canada, the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign is the organization's largest fundraising drive of the year and would not be possible without the thousands of kettle workers who volunteer their time.
We're not sure why the level of volunteers and donations have waned this season.
To that end, "we still need volunteers to ring bells", Burkett said. The Salvation Army also has a worldwide presence in 127 countries around the globe.
Angel Tree: During the Christmas holiday, The Salvation Army provides Christmas to over 800 kids in our community. "We've had great support through civic organizations, churches, clubs, sports teams, musical groups and individuals, but we need volunteers up through the 23rd of December".More news: Microsoft is giving Bing new AI smarts in the battle against Google
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