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Salvation Army kicks off annual red kettle campaign in Lynchburg

The holiday drive kicked off in Lynchburg Friday morning with a special competition

November 11, 2011|News 7 Web Staff

LYNCHBURG, Va. — It's the sound that lets you know Christmas is just around the corner!

The Salvation Army has pulled out its bells for the annual red kettle campaign.

The holiday drive kicked off in Lynchburg Friday morning with a special competition.  Members of the media teamed up with city leaders to see who could raise the most money in an hour.

Our Lynchburg Bureau Chief, Tim Saunders, represented News 7.  His team, along with 13 others, helped raise more than $14,000 in just one hour.

"Considering our economy, to have this kind of start to our red kettle campaign is fantastic," said Major Fred Thornhill with the Lynchburg Salvation Army.  "We're over the moon and very excited about it."

Money raised Friday will help buy holiday gifts and food for Lynchburg area families.

Bell ringers will be asking for your help in many of our hometowns through December 24.

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