Callaway’s 2nd Salvation Army kettle campaign kicks off today

Sleigh bells won’t be the only ones jingling on the holiday weekends after today.

The Salvation Army Service Unit serving Callaway County begins their traditional Christmas Kettle Campaign today at Walmart, Moser’s and C&R in Fulton, running every Friday and Saturday until Christmas.

Last year’s bell-ringing campaign raised $16,199 for 165 families struggling to make utility payments, and sent $2,859 to the Salvation Army’s Midland Division for Disaster Services. For every dollar donated in Callaway County, 82 cents stays here for temporary, emergency assistance for county residents in need.

“We were very pleased with the first year, and people were so generous,” said First Christian Church Rev. Ed Varnum. The church is Callaway’s Salvation Army Service Unit.

“We hope we can exceed that, because we have three locations instead of two and are doing an extra weekend on Black Friday.”

This year marks the second the kettle campaign has been in Callaway in four years.

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