The Salvation Army is kicking off its annual Red Kettle campaign

The holiday season is underway with the appearance of the Salvation Army donation kettles and bell ringers.
The holiday season is underway with the appearance of the Salvation Army donation kettles and bell ringers. –AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times Record News, Torin Halsey

BOSTON (AP) — The Salvation Army is kicking off its annual Red Kettle Campaign to support programs and services for people in need across Massachusetts.

The official launch will take place Monday at noon at the Star Market on Huntington Avenue in Boston.

Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash will be on hand to start the campaign.

Salvation Army bell ringers will be stationed at locations throughout the city during the holiday season.

The money raised is a key source of funding for programs and services for tens of thousands of families, youth and senior citizens across Massachusetts each year.

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That includes meals, toys and other holiday support for the needy and funding for food pantries, soup kitchens, social services and education programs throughout the year.

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Online: http://massachusetts.salvationarmy.org/MA/

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