Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle campaign

FILE - The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign. (WLFI File Photo)
FILE - The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign. (WLFI File Photo)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Salvation Army celebrated the start of its Red Kettle campaign Friday at the Tippecanoe Mall.

The event kicked off at noon at the Tippecanoe Mall’s Center Court and featured a performance by the Bach Chorale singers. This is the 126th season for the Red Kettle Campaign.

Last year, the program raised nearly $15 million nationally. This year, Lt. Jessica Dahl said the Salvation Army is hoping raise $325,000 locally.

“We’re just focusing on what we’re able to do here in this community,” said Dahl. “That’s the beautiful thing — what we do and what we raise here, stays here.”

Volunteer Jack Ruckel has been a bell ringer for 18 years and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. He tells News 18 his favorite part is meeting the people.

“I meet a lot of people,” said Ruckel. “And they give good too.”