Duluth Salvation Army Kicks Off Annual Red Kettle Campaign

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: November 07, 2018 10:37 PM

"Being there for families in need" is the task the Duluth Salvation Army is taking on this holiday season.

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The Duluth chapter kicked off its yearly Red Kettle effort Wednesday at Bayfront Festival Park where Bentleyville is set up.

Community members who brought nonperishable food and toy donations got a first look at the base of the 128 foot tall Bentleyville tree that has 150,000 computer controlled LED lights.

The event provided fire pits to roast s’mores. Hot chocolate, cookies, and apple cobbler was provided to events attendees.Several activities were set up for kids as well.

Members from the Salvation Army, Bentleyville, Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth Police Department, and more made it out to the event.

"I’m looking around at all these beautiful lights of Bentleyville and comparing that to the families that are maybe struggling to keep their lights on and heat during Christmas time, and just putting food on the table and having toys for the kids,” Teri Ellison, a captain for the Duluth Salvation Army, said.

The Salvation Army van was getting filled with donations brought from community members.

Last year, Bentleyville collected 14,000 pounds of food and over 2,000 toys for the cause. Bentleyville will officially open on Nov. 17


Alejandra Palacios

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