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Community gathers to support Salvation Army at annual Kettle Kick-Off
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Benita Wine and her Kettle Klash team The Charity Belles collect donations at the Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off event held on Tuesday. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal

Bell Ringers Wanted!

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteer bell ringers to help collect money this holiday season. To volunteer, call 667-6091.

Over 600 people gathered at the Larsa Banquet Hall Tuesday to ring in the holiday season with giving. The annual Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off not only brought hundreds together for a pre-Thanksgiving turkey dinner, but also raised much-needed funds for the Turlock Salvation Army.

“This event, more than any other, defines Turlock,” Mayor John Lazar said. “I call on you to make a difference any way you can.”

The highlight of the luncheon — as it is every year — was the Kettle Klash. Seven teams made up of business, education and community leaders had seven minutes to persuade event attendees to give up their hard-earned cash.

By the end of the event, $35,539 was collected and an anonymous $50,000 donation was made.

The giving will continue through the holiday season as the signature Salvation Army red kettles and bellringers will be in front of local businesses. The Salvation Army is looking for community volunteers to ring bells in November and December. To volunteer, call 667-6091.

To contact Kristina Hacker, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2004.