Salvation Army Still Needs $120,000 to Reach Fundraising Goal

Free Christmas Trees Also Handed Out at Salvation Army Today

DULUTH, Minn.-The Salvation Army needs your help to reach its Red Kettle goal.

As of this morning, they have raised $180,000 of their $300,000 goal.

Staff said this annual fundraiser is vital to keeping the Salvation Army alive, which helps 15,000 Northlanders every year.

“The Red Kettle campaign is the largest single fundraising effort that the Salvation Army does during the year and it actually funds the programs that go on throughout the year,” said Gordon Mesedahl, the director of development for the Salvation Army.

If you donate at a Super One foods, they will match your donation online.

You can still sign up to be a bell ringer as well. To find out more, visit

In other Salvation Army news today, about 20 people were given free Christmas trees when they stopped there.

Farmer Doug Hoffbauer. of Hoffbauer Tree Farm. said he does this because he feels every child should have the Christmas experience no matter what their situation is.

“This is to make a Christmas for their children and families and to make it a better Christmas for them,” he said. “I always felt Christmas is for kids and everything we can do to help children have a positive memory at Christmas is great.”

The trees they handed out were not of the Charlie Brown variety either, but rather high quality trees that any family would enjoy.