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Red Kettle nears goal

Giving for the annual Red Kettle Campaign is at 76 percent of the Jamestown Salvation Army’s goal, according to Maj. Tim Nauta of the Salvation Army.

As of Tuesday, red kettle giving had reached $107,653, he said. That leaves around $32,347 to raise to reach the $140,000 goal by the end of the month, he said.

“It is a good place to be in because typically, giving in the last week is big,” Nauta said. “But I am a little worried because the bell ringing schedule has a lot of empty spots this week.”

The red kettle bell ringing locations include Walmart, Buffalo Mall, Cash Wise Foods and Hugo’s Family Marketplace. The red kettles will no longer be in area stores after Dec. 23, but campaign giving online and at the Salvation Army offices will continue through the end of the year, he said.

The annual Angel Tree program has concluded and distribution of toys and food baskets has already taken place, Nauta said. The amount of families helped was about the same as 2016, he said.

This year the Angel Tree program provided gifts for 225 children from around 100 families, Nauta said. There were 177 food baskets given out to these families and others, he said.