Salvation Army kicks off Vt. kettle campaign

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) The Salvation Army has kicked off its Red Kettle fundraising campaign in Vermont.

Salvation Army officials joined Gov. Phil Scott Wednesday for a kickoff ceremony at the Statehouse, complete with a band playing carols. The annual kettle campaign launched in San Francisco in 1891 and spread throughout the country. In Vermont, the Salvation Army has been raising funds since 1897. Last year, the Salvation Army provided Vermonters with more than 30,000 meals and general assistance to tens of thousands of people.

"This year we will continue to fight the good fight. We'll continue to serve those in need. When you hear the familiar sound of the bells ringing and see those red kettles on the sidewalks and in front of the stores here in your state, you'll know that you can partner with the Salvation Army to make a difference," said the group's Annette Lock.

Gov. Scott says the Salvation Army helps protect the most vulnerable in Vermont.