Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle campaign, Angel Tree events

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - The sound of Christmas music filled the Food Court at Post Oak Mall Friday.

Members of the Aggie Band and Reveille showed up to help celebrate the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Kickoff and Angel Tree Drive.

Right now, the Salvation Army hopes to provide nearly 3,000 area children with gifts this Christmas. The Salvation Army also hopes to raise more than $200,00 for the Red Kettle campaign, matching and surpassing last year's total.

"Now here comes the fun part. It’s trying to raise the money that we need to help. Last year, when we concluded 2017, the Salvation Army actually raised a record number of money in Bryan-College Station," said Captain Paul Ryerson with the Salvation Army.

This year, the Salvation Army is partnering with Bryan Broadcasting to host the Angel Tree program. Click here to learn more about the partnership from First News at Four.

Both Bryan and College Station's mayors also read a proclamation at the event declaring November 9, 2018 "The Salvation Army Day" in the twin cities.

You can learn more about how to get involved with the Salvation Army this holiday season in the Related Links section of this story.