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Maine governor kicks off state’s kettle campaign

The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Christmas kettle campaign when Gov. Paul LePage brought greetings in a brief ceremony at the statehouse in Augusta, Maine, on Nov. 14.

“For 122 years, Salvation Army red kettles around the world have been linked to the Christmas season and to compassion for the needy,” LePage said. “The heart of Maine beats especially strong this time of year. Mainers are generous people known to help our neighbors and the kettle campaign is one way to help those who need it most.”

The Army expected to have more than 100 red kettles throughout the state and set a goal of raising $800,000.

Last year, funds collected during the Christmas season enabled the Army to provide services and programs to more than 55,000 men, women, and children statewide throughout the year.

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