DERRY — The Salvation Army is hoping a big push with red kettles will help all those struggling this holiday season.

The third annual "Kettle Blitz Day" is set for Thursday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Derry Walmart, 11 Ashleigh Drive.

The divisional kettle battle is a one-day competition among Salvation Army centers throughout the Northern New England Division, covering Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The divisional kettle goal is $2,286,271. The state of New Hampshire's kettle goal is $1,256,704.

The one-day blitz will give the Salvation Army groups all over New England an added boost to their own holiday kettle goals.

Income from the annual red kettle campaigns not only helps during the holiday season but all year long, making it more important for the organization to reach its goals.

"Our local goal for the Kettle Blitz competition is $5,000," said Derry Salvation Army's Lt. Katie Mayes. "I truly believe we can win first place if we have the support of our local businesses and residents."

That means volunteers will be needed to help out during the special red kettle day in Derry. That includes not only those ringing the bells and standing with the kettles, but anyone that might want to donate time to play an instrument or sing.

"We are open to volunteers to encourage giving on this day," Mayes added.

Donations to fill the kettles are needed on Dec. 8 and throughout the holiday campaign, Mayes said.

The Salvation Army assists those who are struggling by providing food, clothing, toys and other support.

For information about the Salvation Army facility in Derry or the red kettle campaign this season, contact Mayes at 552-0641.

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