Angel Tree Toy Drive, Red Kettle Campaign kick-off Friday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s a sign that the holiday season is here.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree and the Red Kettle Campaign both kick-off on Friday.

For 25 years, the Salvation Army Angel Tree and WOOD TV8 have partnered together to provide toys and gifts to more than 500,000 West Michigan children.

Starting Friday, people who would like to participate can pick up an Angel Tree tag at more than 80 participating sites in Kent County from Nov. 13 through Dec. 14.

The goal of the toy drive is to provide a gift for about 25,000 children in West Michigan that they will be able to open on Christmas Day.

To help boost donations for the Red Kettle Campaign, The Salvation Army of Kent County introduced the Season Pass Pin, which allows people to donate online and get a “pass” from the red kettles without feeling guilty.

Season Pass Pins are available in $20, $50, $100 and $150 increments and are good for the entire Christmas season. The $150 denomination pin was created specifically for The Salvation Army’s 150th anniversary this year.

A limited number of pins in all four denominations are available online.

The Salvation Army is hoping to raise $1.6 million this year. Proceeds from the Season Pass Pin will be used locally in Kent County to support a variety of programs and services both at Christmas and throughout the year.

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