It's beginning to feel and look a lot like Christmas in Rochester, with the temperatures dropping and now the Salvation Army has its red kettles out.
Today marked the kickoff for the Salvation Army's red kettle drive at the Hy-Vee on Crossroads Dr. SW.
Getting shoppers in the Christmas spirit by starting the opening ceremony with the Seeds of Wisdom Pre-School choir singing carols to spread Christmas joy.
The Salvation Army will have 33 locations total across the area after Thanksgiving with volunteers ringing the bells to raise money.
"It's important for all the folks in Rochester that find themselves in need especially during the holiday season. There's not anyone that would want a child to wake up on Christmas morning and say why didn't I get a gift, did I do something wrong? So we work really hard with all the volunteers, all the bell ringers to make that possibly for this community," said Major James Frye, Core Commanding Officer of the Salvation Army Rochester.
The Salvation Army's goal this year is to raise $1.1 million for the Rochester community, about $450,00 of that from the red kettle's around town.
To volunteer to ring the bell for the red kettle's you can go here.