BANGOR — The Salvation Army announced that it launched its Red Kettle fundraising effort on Nov. 21.

The red kettle is an important reminder of the spirit of giving that marks the Christmas season, said Salvation Army Capt. Tim clark.

The red kettles raise funds for the Salvation Army’s year-round work in the Bangor area, including the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen; providing utility, rental and heating assistance; sending children to summer camp; providing groceries to those who are hungry; and offering life-skills training, and clothing to those in need.

The fundraising goal is $114,000.00. There will be 22 red kettles throughout the Bangor area, allowing the community the opportunity to lend a helping hand to those in need.

An extra component of the red kettle effort this year is the opportunity to donate online. Each kettle will have a QR code that donors can scan with a smartphone, which will take them to the Online Red Kettle website where they can donate to The Salvation Army’s work in the Bangor area.

Those who wish to make a contribution are invited to visit onlineredkettle.org/bangor to make a secure donation.

For more information, call Capt. Tim Clark at 941-2990