The Salvation Army’s familiar Red Kettles will be popping up at local businesses and around Jefferson County beginning Nov. 29 and will be there through Christmas Eve.

“It’s the holiday season and there are many in our community who are in need this year,” said Lt. Justin Hartley. “Our goal for the kettle campaign will be $120,000.”

Funds raised through the Red Kettle Christmas campaign help support programs and services in Jefferson County throughout the year and account for a third of The Salvation Army’s annual budget. Families in need can receive food and toys during the holiday season. A daily feeding program serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, and serves more than 40,000 meals each year.

“A free dental clinic at The Salvation Army has provided more than a million dollars’ worth of dental care in the 10-plus years it has been in existence,” Hartley said. “We also provide community service programs such as music, dance and character-building programs, summer camp opportunities, Pathway of Hope, Vacation Bible School and Emergency Disaster Services,” he said.

Groups or individuals interested in participating in Salvation Army bell-ringing should go to www.registertoring.com to sign up. For more information, contact Hartley at The Salvation Army, 812-265-2157.

The Salvation Army is making it easier for donors to give back during the Christmas season by making a gift with Apple Pay or Google Pay at the iconic Red Kettles. Smart chips and QR codes will be placed on Red Kettle signs across Jefferson County, allowing shoppers to simply “bump” or scan their phones to make a digital donation. Shoppers will be directed to a custom donation page that accepts Apple or Google payment options. The funds will then be distributed to local Salvation Army units based on the donor’s billing ZIP code, and an email receipt will be sent directly to their phone.