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Published November 16 2011

Red Kettle campaign shooting for $810,000

FARGO – Salvation Army officials are challenging metro-area residents to donate $810,000 during this season’s Red Kettle Campaign.

In 2010, the community’s generosity allowed The Salvation Army to start several new programs, Capt. Bill Mealy said.

Red Kettle dollars also filled other needs in the Fargo-Moorhead area, such as:

Red Kettle dollars also helped fund The Salvation Army’s mainstay programs, such as daily meals and other services to the community.

At Wednesday’s kick-off for the Red Kettle Campaign, Fargo Mayor Bruce Furness challenged residents to give what they can.

“There’s no better exercise for the heart than bending down to lift others up,” said Furness, who is the campaign’s honorary chairman this year.

Kettles are set up at 32 metro-area locations and will be available through 2 p.m. Dec. 24.

Salvation Army officials encourage community residents to volunteer to ring the familiar bell, with about 7,000 hours of volunteer time available over the next month.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541