The Salvation Army of Kent County’s Red Kettle Campaign is underway, and the organization is working toward its $1.6 million goal. The Salvation Army invites the Grand Rapids community to get involved in any of the following ways:

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Red kettles: There are 50 locations – including SpartanNash, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores – throughout Kent County have the iconic red kettle stationed outside. Every kettle comes equipped with Kettle Pay, allowing donors to make an online donation via Google Pay or Apple Pay. Cash and coins are always accepted. Click here for a list of locations.

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Bell ringing: All 50 red kettle locations are in need of volunteer bell ringers. Visit RegisterToRing.com to sign up for a two-hour shift. Thinking about bell ringing? Check out the bell ringing FAQ page.

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Virtual red kettle and bell ringing: Through the entirely contactless virtual red kettle, donors can set up their own personal red kettle online and raise funds from their friends and family. Visit salarmy.us/kentkettle to get started.

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Angel Tree: About 150 Kent County locations are hosting an Angel Tree this season. After finding a participating Angel Tree location here, choose a tag, purchase a gift and then return the unwrapped gift to any of the Angel Tree locations. Donors wanting to shop for Angel Tree online can visit salarmy.us/toys to select toys from The Salvation Army’s Amazon and Walmart wish lists.

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Round up at Walmart: Customers shopping on Walmart.com or through the Walmart app can round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to The Salvation Army. The option to round up will run through Dec. 28.

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Direct donations: Visit SAKentCounty.org, call (616) 459-3433 or 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or mail to 1215 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, to make a donation. Nationally, $0.82 of every dollar donated goes directly toward providing Salvation Army programs and all the money stays within the West Michigan community in which it was given.

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About The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army annually helps more than 30 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is working at 7,600 centers of operation around the country.

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Salvation Army Is The Largest: In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.

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