Salvation Army's kettle campaign, holiday sales getting early start this year

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 2 at 9:52 AM

 (WHAS11)—The Salvation Army wants to make sure they can help everyone have a happy holiday this year and believe it or not, holiday shopping and Christmas saving is starting three weeks earlier.

 Let the bargain battles begin.  The tight economy is forcing the Salvation Army to target donors and retail stores are kicking off “Black Friday” sales much earlier in the season.

 With more families in need of help this holiday season, the Salvation Army was overwhelmed in October with applications for their angel tree program.  The program provides toys and clothing to kids under 13-years-old.
 
 In response to the need the Salvation Army is kicking of their Red Kettle season at 10 a.m. Monday.

 Similarly, retailers are offering “Black Friday” type discounts earlier in the season, some as early as this weekend.

 Sears will offer deep discounts with their "Black Friday Now" promotion.  Wal-Mart has 100 toys priced at $10.  Kohl's will have holiday bargains and stay open until midnight Friady and Saturday.  Border's also is offering a 50 percent discount of greeting cards. 

 For more information about volunteering to be a Salvation Army Bell Ringer go to the “As Seen On” section of  whas11.com or call 502-671-4920.
 

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