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Red Kettle Campaign Begins At UVA

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UVA's Leonard Sandridge (left) and Teresa Sullivan (right) man the Salvation Army's Red Kettle outside Mincer's Monday. UVA's Leonard Sandridge (left) and Teresa Sullivan (right) man the Salvation Army's Red Kettle outside Mincer's Monday.

The Salvation Army of Charlottesville kicked off their Red Kettle Campaign Monday morning with a high profile bell ringer.

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan and UVA COO Leonard Sandridge manned a kettle outside Mincer's on the corner to help raise money for those most in need in the community. They braved the cold to help the Salvation Army's biggest fundraising campaign of the year.

The famous red kettle will be set up outside Mincer's on UVA's corner for two weeks. Many UVA faculty, staff and students will volunteer their time to help others in the community during these tough economic times.

"The holiday season, I think, brings out the best in us," said Sullivan. "It brings out that spark of altruism; one way to have Christmas joy is to spread it to other people."

"The money raised in the Christmas kettles is so good because it helps us continue the everyday programs, not only during the Christmas season, but throughout the year," said the Salvation Army's Major Allen Johnson.

Johnson says about 500 families applied for help this season; up from about 300 last year. If you do not have any change to drop into the kettles while you are out and about over the next few weeks, you can also donate online through the Salvation Army's virtual Red Kettle Campaign.

Reported by Stacia Harris
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