Red kettles return, with Vietnam veterans ringing the bells

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign kicked off on Friday as stores opened up to holiday shoppers.

The charity has used their red kettles to raise funds for the community for 126 years.

“People know us when they see those red kettles,” Captain Michael Cox said. “They hear those bells, they know Christmas is coming.”

Marching with The Salvation Army in Kingsport this year is a group of Vietnam veterans who are volunteering their time.

The Vietnam Veterans Chapter 979 will be ringing bells in Kingsport every Friday until Christmas.

Veteran Sam Monk said they are appreciative of The Salvation Army’s work for homeless veterans.

“We want to do something to help other veterans and to help our country,” Monk said. “It’s wonderful to know that people are still good in this country.”

Last year the Red Kettle Campaign in the Tri-Cities raised around $348,000. This year their goal is $360,000.

The Salvation Army uses the funds gathered during this campaign to provide clothes, food, and shelter to those in need.

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