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Salvation Army raises thousands in Petersburg and Wrangell


January 2, 2020

Brian Varela / Petersburg Pilot

Petersburg Rotarians Carey Carmichael Case, left, and Aaron Hankins were collecting donations for the Salvation Army red kettle campaign on Dec. 19. outside of Hammer & Wikan Hardware.

Along with the lights, the trees and carolers, the Salvation Army's red Christmas kettles are a very common sight during the holiday season. Standing in front of stores and on street corners, volunteers accept donations for the Salvation Army with ringing bells and the iconic red buckets. The Christmas kettles are a century-old tradition, according to the Salvation Army's website. In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee organized a fundraiser, where people could throw money into a large iron kettle, to put together a Christmas dinner for the needy in San Francisco. From those beginning...

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