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HANFORD — The Salvation Army reports that their biggest annual fundraiser nationwide, the Red Kettle Campaign, has gotten off to a slow start.

A statement from the organization said holiday donations, which fund programs for the needy year-round, including homeless services, meals for the hungry and after school programs for low-income children, are down.

So for one day only on Saturday, Dec. 8, $20 bills will be worth double the amount in red kettle locations throughout Hanford.

“The need is great for struggling families and individuals, particularly during the holiday season. So, we are counting on the kindness of our community to come on out to a red kettle and donate a $20 bill,” said Capt. Luke Betti, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army in Hanford. “It will go a long way to help make Christmas bright for many of our community’s less fortunate.”

For more information or to donate, visit Volunteers can sign up at

The community’s kindness and financial support during the holidays enables The Salvation Army to assist more than 43,512 of people in Hanford and in Kings County throughout the year.

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