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Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 12:33 p.m.

The Salvation Army kicks off $300,000 Red Kettle Campaign Friday

By Julie Baker

The Salvation Army Red Kettles and bells will make their first appearance of the holiday season on Friday as the organization kicks off a campaign to raise $300,000, according to a news release.

TSA-WC will launch this year's campaign with a ceremony at noon Friday at Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle, in the Von Maur seating area.


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The red kettles will be at more than 35 location throughout Washtenaw County every day (except Sundays and Thanksgiving) through Dec. 24.

TSA-WC uses an average of $.82 of every dollar donated to provide a food pantry, soup kitchen, clothing, a family shelter, transitional housing and counseling for veterans, character building for youth, camp programs, emergency and disaster relief, utility assistance and eviction prevention, according to the release.


Don B. Arfkahk

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 6 a.m.

I like Salvation Army. They help keep wages down by aiding in union busting. They used to have their band blare trumpets over speakers complaining about work conditions at protests in the first half of the 20th century, which helped ensure my grandfather continued to enjoy tremendous profits. They provide no real health care to any of their employees, and I personally met someone with cancer who was fired by them for puking too much on the job. By doing so, they increased competition on the labor market, and helped me to pay my employees less. Hats off and wallets out!


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 6:34 p.m.

Just remember, the other 18% of your donation goes directly to a church. Cut out the middleman and donate to places that actually make a difference, like food banks, and provide care without sermonizing to those in need.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 3:40 p.m.

Exactly my thoughts! I NEVER donate to them I give it to places that do not require anything but a need for food, clothing, housing.