Red Kettle season is here

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The bells are ringing.

The Salvation Army Harrisburg kicked off Red Kettle Season at the Karns Quality Foods store in Lemoyne.

Nineteen kettles in Dauphin and eastern Cumberland Counties will help support the many programs Salvation Army Harrisburg provides to more than 20,000 local people in need, including the upcoming Christmas assistance for children, seniors, and families.

“We must raise 40 percent of our annual budget during the holiday season. What we do at Christmas affects what we are able to in July.” Kathy Anderson Martin said.

img_7233Local business, organizations, and assisted-living facilities serve as volunteers for the Battle of the Bells competition.

The Woods at Cedar Run took the first shift at the food store in honor of Ernesteen Ecker. The 98-year-old resident rang a bell for six years and brought in thousands of dollars.

“She is gravely ill and we miss her effervescence. We dedicate this season to her,” said Julie Seifried of The Woods at Cedar Run. “Amidst the sadness, we’re still as jubilant as she is.”

If you would like to volunteer or donate, go to or call 717-233-6755.

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