The Salvation Army of Blair County along with the Altoona Fire Department kicked off its Annual Red Kettle Campaign. Firefighters were stationed on Monday at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 7th Street, collecting money for the cause. The Salvation Army conducts the Red Kettle Campaign throughout the Holidays as a way to raise money which goes to help the communities they serve. Money goes to services such as the Emergency Disaster Services Program and money to prevent utility shut-off.
Organizers say its an easy way to make a difference to your neighbors. Captain Larry Fulmer of the Salvation Army’s Altoona Corps saying: “Without the monetary donations that we collect through this time of year, we’re not able to meet those needs. So, the beautiful thing about the Red Kettle Campaign is that it gives us a picture of our community coming together, so that we can meet the greater need together.”
The Red Kettle Campaign runs from Monday thru Christmas Eve and the goal is to raise $110,000.