The Salvation Army’s 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 year’s Modesto kickoff brought in $192,000, while Turlock’s 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.
Turlock’s Kettle Kickoff is today at the the Assyrian American Club of Turlock, 2618 N. Golden State Blvd. Modesto’s is Thursday at Modesto Centre Plaza.
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For more information: Turlock Salvation Army - (209) 667-6091. Modesto Salvation Army - (209) 522-3209. Online — www.onlineredkettle.org/.