CHAMPAIGN — The Salvation Army of Champaign County hopes to raise $428,000 through its annual holiday red-kettle drive that launched Monday.
Maj. Tom McDowell urged volunteers to sign up for bell-ringing duty at the 22 kettle locations throughout the county.
The local Salvation Army relies on those donations to bring in a "significant" part, or 20 percent, of its annual budget, McDowell said.
This year's red-kettle goal is lower than last year's, which was set at $456,000 and fell short with a total of $404,000 raised.
McDowell announced the goal at a Champaign Rotary Club meeting, calling it "our number-one bell-ringing group." It has been supporting the Salvation Army since 1919, and has supplied bell ringers for more than 50 years, club officials said.
Volunteers can sign up to do ring bells for as little as two hours. Sign-ups can be done online at http://www.ringbells.org.