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Published November 23, 2011, 09:53 PM

Bells Will Be Ringing Around Grand Forks After Annual Kettle Kickoff

A Grand Forks man is helping raise money for those in need after he received help when he needed it most. He is a part of the Salvation Army Red Kettle Kickoff. Bob Alderson received help from the Salvation Army nearly 15 years ago, now he's returning the favor.

A Grand Forks man is helping raise money for those in need after he received help when he needed it most.

He is a part of the Salvation Army Red Kettle Kickoff.

Bob Alderson received help from the Salvation Army nearly 15 years ago, now he's returning the favor.

Bob Alderson lost his house in the flood of '97. It was a hard time for him and his wife, but they he received help when they needed it.

"What hit home for me was after the 97' flood we lost our home and 3 times a day, the salvation army was down there, giving us a warm meal." Alderson said.

That kindness prompted Alderson to volunteer with the salvation army. Helping others the way he was helped so many years ago.

"From that point on my wife and I said if we ever had the chance to give back it would be with the army so that's what's led me to the army today." Alderson said.

Alderson is just one of the many people who help out during the Salvations Army's Kettle Kickoff.

"Last year together with our great customers, Hugo's and Pepsi we donated about 39-thousand dollars to the salvation army." Hugo's store manager Rod Spies said.

Last year the salvation army raised nearly 342-thousand dollars overall, and the Christmas kettle drive brought in almost half of that, this year's annual goal is 350-thousand.

"To me it's the satisfaction of knowing when I go and take my christmas time, I know that everyone in our town is taken care of for their christmas." Major Jonathan Fjellman said.

"In front of the grocery store where you and I will probably get groceries for Thanksgiving tomorrow. A lot of folks don't have that opportunity that you and I may have. So it's an opportunity and we're thrilled to be able to do it." Alderson said.

If you would like to volunteer this holiday season, the kettle drive runs through Christmas.

You can log onto www.registertoring.com

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