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Red kettle season kicks off in Ada County Wednesday

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Posted at 12:24 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 14:24:44-05

BOISE, Idaho — People will start to see the Salvation Army red kettles outside Albertsons locations in Ada County starting Wednesday. The kettle goal for this year in Ada County is $260,000.

This year, there will be fewer kettles stationed at stores and on street corners due to the coronavirus pandemic. This could mean fewer donations, which is a problem because the need is greater as many are still out of work due to the pandemic.

The Salvation Army says they also need help from volunteers and donors. There are COVID-19 guidelines and safety protocols for bell ringers. There are many volunteer opportunities available, including bell ringing, food sorting and packing and holiday distribution. Click here to learn more about volunteering.

“We have 5 weeks to meet our goal of $260,000! This is our biggest fundraiser of the season,” says Major Thomas Stambaugh, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Boise Corps. “We are so grateful for the support the community shows us throughout the year, and with your help, we can reach our goal and Rescue Christmas.”

Red Kettles can be found at Albertsons on November 18. The remainder of the locations will open on Black Friday at Fred Meyer, Cabela's Hobby Lobby, Walgreens and Walmart.