Salvation Army kicks off red kettle campaign in Boardman

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is its biggest fundraiser of the year

The 2016 Red Kettle Campaign kicked off Thursday morning in Boardman.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – The sights and sounds of the holidays will be here soon.

The Salvation Army’s red kettles will start appearing around the Mahoning Valley as early as this weekend, along with the ringing of the bells.

The 2016 Red Kettle Campaign kicked off Thursday morning in Boardman.

You’ll see bell ringers and the famous red kettle outside shopping malls and stores around the Valley, trying to raise $350,000.

This fundraiser is the biggest each year for the group. It helps needy families and funds many community outreach programs all year, according to Mahoning County’s Salvation Army coordinator, Major Elijah Kahn.

“Need knows no season, and we need resources, financial resources. We also need volunteers as well to help us to raise funds that will enable us to provide the assistance that our friends need,” Kahn said.

Major Kahn says every donation makes a difference. The size of the donation doesn’t matter — even pennies, nickles and dimes can change lives.