AUGUSTA — The Salvation Army will kick off its annual Christmas kettle effort when Gov. Paul R. LePage brings greetings in a brief ceremony to be held at the State House on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 9 a.m.

“For 122 years, Salvation Army red kettles around the world have been linked to the Christmas season and to compassion for the needy,” said Gov. LePage. “The heart of Maine beats especially strong this time of year. Mainers are generous people known to help our neighbors and the kettle campaign is one way to help those who need it most.”

The charitable organization expects to have more than 100 red kettles throughout the state on street corners and shopping areas through Dec. 24. The Salvation Army statewide kettle campaign goal is $800,000.

However, they provide much more than atmosphere and nostalgia during the Christmas season. Last year, funds donated at these kettles enabled The Salvation Army to provide services and programs to more than 55,000 men, women and children statewide during the holidays and throughout the year.

“We invite all community residents to join us in this effort to ensure that families in the communities we serve receive assistance such as food, clothing, utilities and more,” said Maj. David Dickson, corps commanding officer.

A Salvation Army Brass Ensemble will also be part of the festivities playing holiday carols.

Other local communities may host their own kettle kick-off event in addition to this statewide kick off.

Anyone who cannot make it to a local kettle is invited to visit to make a donation.

For more information, contact Dickson at 623-3752 or Patricia James at 774-6304 ext. 232.

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