New App. Launched with Red Kettle Campaign

Updated: 11/10/2012 5:55 PM KSTP.com By: Mitch Pittman

The Twin Cities Salvation Army kicked off its annual kettle drive with a big goal: raise $108,000 the first day. This would nearly double last year's record of $65,000 on the drive's first day.

The Salvation Army, just in the metro area, serves 288,000 people every year, and gives away 2,500 hot meals and 970 places to sleep every day.

A new way to help out this year is downloading the Salvation Army app on your iPhone. You can go to the app store and type in "Bell Ringer TC" and that brings up this app where you can learn more about being a bell ringer, you can even volunteer to sign up to be one. Also, for each app that's downloaded, a dollar is donated to the Salvation Army.

"Organizations like Salvation Army, they can take a dollar and they can make a lot happen with it," said Chuck Lynch with Cub Foods, which is helping reach the day's goal by donating $10,000. "It's the holiday season, we all believe there are people out there who might need a little bit of help, but what you don't know, it might be your neighbor, it might be a coworker, it might even be a family friend."

Bell ringers will be out at 108 locations throughout the metro Saturday, and will continue ringing throughout the holidays.