AUGUSTA, Maine. (WABI) With an assist from the governor, the Salvation Army's statewide kettle campaign kicked off Monday.
There are nine Salvation Army facilities in Maine offering services to folks of all ages.
The organization expects to have more than 130 red kettles outside shopping centers and on street corners throughout the state to benefit those in need.
"One of the great things about kettles that a lot of people don't understand is that the money we raise during the Christmas season is used throughout the year, not just at Christmas. Actually, most of it is used throughout the year," said Capt. Scott Murray, Capital Region Corps, Salvation Army.
"The Salvation Army does more than just ring the bell at Christmastime with the red kettles. They're here Day in and day out in our societies, in our communities, in our counties throughout the state helping Mainers and anyone in need of service," said LePage.
Governor LePage says the red kettles have been linked to the Christmas season and the compassion for the needy for more than 125 years.
A Salvation Army brass band was also on hand at the State House on Monday playing holiday carols to welcome the giving season.