Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle Campaign in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The sights of red kettles and the sounds of bells will once again fill the air beginning Friday, Nov. 15.

The Salvation Army kicked off its annual campaign from 7 - 9 a.m. at the Milwaukee Public Market.

The event is free and open to the public and includes a full breakfast courtesy of the Milwaukee Public Market.

New this year, the Salvation Army is making it easier for donors to give back during the holidays by introducing "Kettle Pay," allowing people to make a gift with Apple Pay or Google Pay.

The kickoff will include remarks from:

  • Tom Barrett, the Mayor of Milwaukee (invited)
  • Major Steve Woodard, Coordinator for The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County
  • Amanda Porterfield, the 2019 Red Kettle Chair
  • Coreen Zell and Rebecca Klopf, three-time Celebrity Belling Ringing Champions, will serve as emcees

Tinker, a miniature bell ringing horse, will also make an appearance. 

The Red Kettle Campaign is the largest fundraising event for The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County. Nearly $3.6 million was collected in 2018. Donations at the 120 red kettles in Milwaukee County help provide winter coats for kids and adults, toys for Christmas, a warm and safe place for the homeless, summer meals, food for three food pantries, backpacks and school supplies, and disaster services, to name a few.

Red Kettles will be out from Nov. 15 to Dec. 24.

To learn more and join The Salvation Army in the #FightForGood, CLICK HERE.

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