The 2013 Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign is underway in Kelowna and West Kelowna.
The first of 15 kettles were set up Friday morning outside the Kelowna Walmart store and the number will grow to 21 as of Dec. 1 when more pop up outside local B.C. liquor stores.
According to Maj. Ron Cartmel of the Salvation Army, this year the fundraising goal is $300,000. The money goes to not only help the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas hamper fund but also supports many of the other community and family programs that the Sally Ann provides year round in the Central Okanagan.
On Friday, representatives of the media, local sports teams and others took part as bell ringers, manning the kettles during the kick-off event.
Last year, the local kettle campaign raised $350,000. All the money raised here stays in the community.