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Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno helps kick off 2017 Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign (photos)

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Courtesy Photo Pictured above are Major Kevin Cedervall of the Salvation Army, Randy Boboltz of the Alpena Lions Club, center, and bell ringer Tim Hart.

The Salvation Army of Greater Springfield kicked off the annual Red Kettle Campaign Friday alongside Mayor Domenic Sarno.

Major Abe Tamayo, corps officer of the St. Joseph Salvation Army, said the origins of the large fundraising campaign stretch back to San Francisco in 1891 under the ministry of Capt. Joseph McFee. The money raised in the local kettle campaign supports those services in Champaign County.

To boost toy donations and celebrate Giving Tuesday-a national movement that encourages people to give back to their communities-The Salvation Army is asking individuals to "Toss a Toy for Giving Tuesday" on November 28.

Dickinson said she does not want the United States to be defined by a "challenging" political landscape, terrorism, senseless violence or drug addiction. A goal of $150,000 has been set for this year's drive.

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"We are so thankful for this very generous community who helps us assist our neighbours in need", said Ludlow.

"I would like to see this be the record-breaking year", Dickinson said.

Captains Kelly and Regina Durant used the time to speak of the people that would benefit from the donations.

In addition, the Salvation Army provided a considerable amount of help to area residents during the 2016 Christmas season, including food baskets given to 700 families and 4,338 toys given to children.

Capt. Kelly Durant said that this year's campaign might be a challenge since people have already given a lot of donations to hurricane disaster relief.

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