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Salvation Army in need of volunteers for annual Kettle Drive

EUREKA- A Christmas tradition and the Salvation Army’s biggest fundraiser of the year begins this week, but organizers say they need your help.

Volunteers are needed for the Salvation Army's annual Kettle Drive. The bell ringing campaign begins on Thursday in Eureka, with 20 more locations across Humboldt County beginning November 28. This year the kettle drive will be present in areas of Garberville and Willow Creek for the first time. Organizers say they will hire bell ringers if they have to, but that takes away from the money raised to help the community.

“I think it's the understanding that the money stays local so it goes back into the community here in the Humboldt area, and to also understand what this is for. A lot of people when they look at the kettles they think, the Salvation Army,” said Salvation Army lt. Tim Danielson. “All the Salvation Army is, is a conduit for the community to give back to their own community.”

Last year the drive raised $69,000. This year they hope to raise even more. To volunteer you can contact the Salvation Army at 707-442-6475.