Salvation Army kicking off 125th Christmas Campaign in Green Bay area

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay is busy at work launching the bell ringing campaign and the Coats for Kids distribution.

The charitable organization is kicking off its 125th Christmas Campaign Thursday. Events will be held to announce the Christmas Campaign goal, volunteer opportunities, and charitable matching.

Red Kettles will go out to 48 kettle sites in the Greater Green Bay area. And the Salvation Army needs a lot of volunteers to man those kettles.

“We have thousands upon thousands of hours to fill with the kettles, so we need hundreds if not thousands of bell ringers this year,” says Major Bob Mueller.

Volunteers can sign up for one-or two-hour shifts. Click here to find out how to volunteer.

Money raised at Red Kettles goes toward a number of programs like feeding the hungry, making sure people have warm clothing, and utility assistance.

“First and foremost, all the money that we raise in our kettles goes to bringing hope and healing in the lives of families who are hurting,” Mueller says.

Also Thursday, thousands of coats will be packed up and delivered to the Kroc Center for the Coats for Kids distribution Saturday.

Mueller estimates they’ve collected about 5,000 coats this year.