This year's kettle drive started on November 17 and is going to conclude at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
In addition to Pasquotank County, the Salvation Army of Elizabeth City serves Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford and Perquimans counties.
"There are so many out here that really needs the help, and if it wasn't for the Salvation Army where would they get their help from, where would they get their things from", Saunders said. More than 30 Austin artists are volunteering their time to play some live music at the Red Kettle.
Between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. today, volunteers will be shopping at Target for gifts for Angel Tree recipients. They are asked to work two-hour shifts. Last year, Joan Dick received help for her seven grandchildren.
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Six days remain in the kettle donation season. She has since learned she will be getting another boost to Streator's $40,000 goal. He said donors have been faithfully giving what they can, but he's noticed a difference this year. "Without them, we wouldn't have a Red Kettle Campaign!"
"There's some that have been great and have been available nearly every day", she said.
"Booze has faith in the community, as almost every year they come through to meet the agency's goal, which is the major fundraiser for the year".
"The community responded to our plea for food and gifts for children", Major Kirk Schuetz said in a statement. The kettles were stolen Thursday, Dec. 14, and Friday, Dec. 15, from in front of the Neiman Marcus on North Michigan Avenue while the bell ringer was taking a bathroom break. Indoor ringing opportunities are available at Kroger, Big R and Walmart and an outdoor opportunity is available at Walgreens. The Salvation Army of Elizabeth City also operates a family thrift store along North Hughes Boulevard.