Red kettle kickoff for Salvation Army - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Red kettle kickoff for Salvation Army

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Have you been to the grocery store this week? You've probably heard the famous ringing bells. The Salvation Army donation buckets are already out, but Wednesday night was the official red kettle kickoff.

The Salvation Army hosted the event to get people in the giving spirit by viewing the heart-warming movie "Christmas Angel."

According to Salvation Army workers in Cape Girardeau, the goal for this year is $343,000.

Donations were down last year, but bell ringers are already out in full-force for this year.

83-year-old Bob Cardwell says he's been doing this for 50 years and it never gets old.

"It was something that God called me to do, and I have done it and been proud to do it because it was something that I could do and I was helping somebody besides myself. It's something that as long as I'm able, that I'm supposed to do it," Cardwell said.

Cardwell says when you drop a bill or some change in the bucket you're helping someone, too. He says donations will help local families have a brighter Christmas.

The red kettles and bells will be out until Christmas Eve.

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