The Salvation Army kicked off its holiday campaign Friday with its annual Red Kettle fundraiser.
Maj. John McCarty, with The Salvation Army, said the kettles will be at nine Marshalltown locations through Christmas. The kettles, with their signature bell ringers, can be found at the designated locations Monday through Saturday until Christmas Eve.
He said the non-profit would like to top its $59,000 total from last year.
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Lindsey Laughlin, 20, stuffs some money into The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle at Hy-Vee Friday afternoon. The Salvation Army launched its annual fundraiser that runs through Dec. 24.
"We are always hesitant setting a huge goal in case the economy takes a nosedive," he said.
Since Iowa's unemployment is lower than the national average, Federal Emergency Management Agency dollars the organization uses to fund many of its efforts have diminished in recent years.
To fund other holiday initiatives, the kettle money becomes increasingly important, he said.
Theisen's Home Farm Auto, 602 Iowa Ave. W.
Marshall Town Center, 2500 S. Center St.
Walmart, 2802 S. Center St.
Kmart, 1720 S. Center St.
Hy-Vee Drug Store (after Thanksgiving), 1708 S. Center St.
Hy-Vee, 802 S. Center St.
Walgreens, 5 E. Anson St.
Fareway, 102 W. Anson St.
Post Office, 309 E. Linn St.
Homebound people who wish to have The Salvation Army deliver them Thanksgiving dinner must make reservations. The charity will hold the sit-in dinner as usual.
The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for its Christmas assistance program Nov. 26 to Dec. 4, and Toys For Tots Angel Trees will be at Menards, 504 Iowa Ave. W., and Walmart starting Dec. 20.
Close to 700 children from Marshall County will receive toys through the program, McCarty said.
The Salvation Army is still looking for volunteers to help ring bells, pack boxes of food and assist with other tasks throughout the holiday season. The group particularly needs Spanish speakers, McCarty said.
Anyone wanting to volunteer or to make Thanksgiving reservations should call 641-753-5236.
"The Kettle campaign is very important to us," McCarty said. "We need every penny we can get."