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Salvation Army Kicks Off Their Kettle Drive

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It's that time of year again, when one organization brings out their red kettles for their biggest fund raising event.

For over 130 years the Salvation Army has held there Red kettles fundraising drive, and this after noon at the Panama City Mall, members from the local Salvation Army set up their first kettles at the main interest of the mall.

Within moments after setting up the kettle they had their first donation.  Along with the bell ringer two members from the salvation band were on hand to help brighten up this gloomy day.

Last year the Salvation Army Kettle Drive raised one hundred and seventy thousand dollars, all of witch will go to help families in need in Bay County this Christmas.

Stephen Hudson plays in the Salvation Army Band, and looks forward to this every year.  "I have been doing this since I was 11 years old, and this is the

43rd year, it's not Christmas unless you think of others first, and this always comes to my mind, if I couldn't do this it wouldn't be Christmas", says Hudson.