PARKERSBURG, WV (WTAP) - Update: 11/24/2017 4:45 P.M.
It's the most visible time of the year for the Salvation Army.
In addition to the Angel Tree drive, the Army's Red Kettle campaign is under way.
The Parkersburg Salvation Army's kettle drive officially got under way Black Friday, with a kickoff event at the Grand Central Mall's parking lot.
Some of the bell ringers were out at selected area locations last week.
Now, all the red kettles are in place.
The goal was this year's drive-$175,000-was revealed at Friday's event.
"It may be difficult in the wake of the hurricanes that took place," says Commanding Officer Maj. Matthew Riley, "and the community really stepped up and supported (us), but I think we can still do it."
The kettle drive is a holiday tradition for the Salvation Army, dating back more than 125 years.
You can find the kettles throughout the area throughout Christmas Eve.
Salvation Armies around the Mid-Ohio Valley are gearing up for the holiday season.
The Red Kettle Campaign will kick off November 17th for both the Marietta and the Parkersburg Salvation Armies.
Both locations are looking for volunteers ringers to help those in need.
"We're looking for volunteers from churches, civic clubs, scouts, teens from church, teens from school," says Major Matthew Riley, of the Parkersburg Salvation Army.
Today in the U.S., the Salvation Army assists more than four and a half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods.
“All the money that we collect in our kettles stays in Washington County every penny, and it all goes towards our services throughout the year,” says Captain Aaron Moore, of the Marietta Salvation Army. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year"
The goal for Marietta is to raise $75,000 dollars this season. Parkersburg’s goal will be announced the day after Thanksgiving, at their “Kettle Kick Off,” at the Grand Central Mall.
To volunteer please contact the location you wish to give your time to:
The Salvation Army of Marietta: (740) 373-4043
The Salvation Army of Parkersburg: (304) 485-4529