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Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign slightly down during COVID

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Posted at 6:52 PM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-12 21:38:25-05

The Red Kettle campaign has been the Salvation Army's biggest fund raiser and it's still drawing support this year, even with COVID-19 challenges.

Volunteers rang the bells outside several locations in Billings Saturday, including Sam's Club.

Numbers are slightly down, but the organization is hoping to supplement those with an on-line kettle bell campaign this year.

The tradition started nationwide in 1891 and is important at this time and all year for the Salvation Army.

"That bell reminds us of hope and reminds us that there is good," said Lt. Felicia Pederson of the Salvation Army. "And it reminds us of the Christmas spirit and how to help our fellow man. And to not forget, because sometimes we do get caught up in our own things, but there are some others who are experiencing really hard times right now. And so, it reminds us that we can do good."

For those who want to help and stay away from crowds, an on-line virtual donation is available on the Salvation Army website.