The Salvation Armys annual kettle season kicks off this week with the appropriately titled Kettle Kickoff events in Turlock and Modesto.
The lunch events are generally big money-makers for the charity; last years Modesto kickoff brought in $192,000, while Turlocks raised $82,000.
After the lunches, volunteers start manning the signature red kettles outside of area businesses. For those who prefer to give online, the Salvation Army has started a virtual red kettle.
Turlocks Kettle Kickoff is today at the the Assyrian American Club of Turlock, 2618 N. Golden State Blvd. Modestos is Thursday at Modesto Centre Plaza.
For more information: Turlock Salvation Army - (209) 667-6091. Modesto Salvation Army - (209) 522-3209. Online www.onlineredkettle.org/.