Starting today, you’ll be seeing the familiar red kettles and hearing the sound of bells all around Springfield.
The annual Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign is underway.
Organizers have set a goal of $455,000 this year, roughly the amount the campaign took in last Christmas season.
That represents about half of the agency’s budget.
Some donations have already come in, including a gift of two gold coins from a couple who purchased them at a Salvation Army auction years ago.
The coins, which sold then for $500, are now worth $2100.
The campaign also includes the Jim Leach/Fritz Pfister challenge.
People signing up online as volunteer bellringers can choose which 970 WMAY host to support.
The host whose team brings in the most money will guest host the other’s program one day in January.