Salvation Army of Dickinson County to start annual kettle fundraiser Monday

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Susie Chitwood, director of the Salvation Army Tifton Service Center, said that they want to get people signed up early this year, since the bell ringing starts in November.

The Salvation Army is accepting applications at their Toledo headquarters from 9:00 - 11:00 am and then again from 1:00 - 3:00 pm on Wednesday.

Lt. Matt Hedgren says it is important to remember the Red Kettle donations make it possible to carry out programs that help those in the most need.

Money raised during the campaign stays local in each community and is used by the Salvation Army to provide assistance throughout the year to those who face poverty, sickness, unemployment, and rising expenses.

The 2016 Tree of Lights campaign ended by raising $103,412, making it the second year in a row the organization had exceeded its goal. If so, while you're there, you can help make a child's Christmas special.

Officials said Texas is one of 12 states with food insecurity levels greater than that of the national average, which for many means consistently inadequate nutrition and greater hunger.

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