FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Salvation Army of Fairbanks kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign with a ribbon cutting ceremony today at Fred Meyer West.
The event marks the 127th year of the fundraiser where volunteers ring bells for donations at stores across the country.
The tradition was started in 18-91 when an officer in the army wanted to help feed the needy of San Francisco on Christmas day.
Since then, the Red Kettle Campaign has spread worldwide.
The Salvation Army says 100% of the proceeds donated locally will stay in Fairbanks.
A Salvation Army Officer, Lieutenant Lance Walters, says the organization uses the money raised to provide Christmas and Thanksgiving meals for the less-fortunate, along with other essentials throughout the year.
Lieutnant Lance Walters; Officer - Salvation Army>>"For the Red Kettle season it's one of the large fundraisers that we the Salvation Army do in the U.S. and in some other countries. But here in Fairbanks its finances that we will use throughout the whole year in helping with assistance with food, with clothing, with shelter, with many different things that we help residence in Fairbanks with."
The Salvation Army is in desperate need of volunteer bell-ringers.
If you would like to help out this Holiday season, please visit their website at volunteer.usawest.org, or call Dawn McAllister at 227-6548.