Salvation Army Christmas Campaign Kicks Off

November 9, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM EDT

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Salvation Army Christmas Campaign Kicks Off

November 9, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/Release) - The Salvation Army began their work in Buffalo, New York in 1884. As a tribute to the good work and the lives that have been touched through the generosity of Western New Yorker’s through the famous Red Kettle Fund Drive, The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble will again play in Buffalo’s City Hall at Niagara Square.

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:00 A.M., the lobby of Buffalo’s City Hall will again be filled with the sounds of the season for the official opening of the Holiday Fund Drive. The Red Kettle and The Salvation Army Red Shield have come to symbolize hope and protection in the work of improving lives by meeting the basic human needs of Buffalo’s less fortunate.

This official opening ceremony will be led by Major Thomas Applin, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Buffalo, joined by Ed Rath III, Erie County Legislature 6th District and Chairman of The Salvation Army’s Advisory Board, Mayor Byron Brown and officers and staff of The Salvation Army Buffalo.

Perhaps the most visible of their fundraisers, The Salvation Army relies on money raised in the red kettles to support social service programs year-round. All donations received in the kettles stay in the communities where the contributions are made to assist the local less fortunate.

“We have multiple kettles around Western New York and we use those funds to support more than 30,000 local residents a year."

"We are really relying on our community to help their neighbors in need. Whatever amount people put into our Red Kettles, it is making change happen for our area,” said Major Applin.

Red Kettle funds support ongoing programs to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, provide aid for victims of disaster, counsel and protect survivors of abuse and much more.

Donations can also be made online at www.onlineredkettle.org/teambuffalo or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting the word “BUFFALO” to 80888 to make a $5 donation to the 2012 Holiday Campaign.