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Century Old Red Kettle Campaign Needs Your Help

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Major Vic Tidman of the Salvation Army Major Vic Tidman of the Salvation Army

SALISBURY, Md. - The Salvation Army is calling for your help this holiday season, saying they need residents to step up and give more this year to help families in need.

Officials say the Red Kettle Campaign, which started a century ago, began with just trying to raise funds to buy a Christmas dinner. Not much has changed over the past century, as the Salvation Army continues to serve our community, raising an estimated $200,000 this year.

"The money that is raised here in these red kettles is used here in this community, one of the three counties that the Salvation Army serves," says Major Vic Tidman of the Salvation Army. "All the funds donated here stay here and are used to help the poor and the hurting in our community."

Tidman says of the biggest challenges for the Salvation Army this year: there are 20 percent less days to collect money for those who need it.

Tidman tells WMDT Shirley Gary has been ringing the bell for the last 12 years and has collected the most money of any volunteer on duty. They hope to have more people like Shirley to stop by to give a little extra this holiday season for a good cause.

If you want to help, you can find the Red Kettle Campaign outside the Giant in Salisbury.

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