LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Red kettles and bell ringers will soon take over store fronts across Greater Lafayette, but not without a proper kick off celebration.
The Red Kettle campaign is how The Salvation Army in Lafayette raises a majority of its funds. With the donations, Lt. Rachel Johnson said they are able to fund programs throughout the year.
Programs include Pathway of Hope and providing emergancy assistance. The Salvations Army is also able to provide toys for kids, coats for the homeless and food for the hungry.
Both the Lafayette and West Lafayette Mayors are expected to be there. There will also be music by The Lafayette Master Chorale Ensemble. The kickoff event is happening Friday inside the Tippecanoe Mall in front of Macy's starting at noon. Anyone is welcome to go.
The goal this year is to collect $255,000 by Christmas Eve.
"If everyone in Tippecanoe County just put $1.50 in the kettle we would reach our goal," Johnson said.
If you would like to volunteer to be a bell ringer click here.