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The Blue Line Will Support The Red Kettle

Law Enforcement Across Upstate to Ring the Bell for The Salvation Army

(Empire State Divisional Headquarters, Syracuse, New York, December 9th, 2019) –

Members of law enforcement will join forces with The Salvation Army to raise support for The Red Kettle Campaign in communities across Upstate New York.

The idea for the event, called Bells & Badges, came from the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police. The idea grew to include state troopers, county sheriff’s departments, and corrections officers.

The Salvation Army’s State Commander, Major Ivan Rock, says it’s a perfect fit. “The Salvation Army and law enforcement may be different organizations, but our work is often entwined. We both fight against things that harm the communities we serve, like addiction, domestic abuse, and human trafficking. We are proud to have these wonderful women and men stand with us at the Red Kettle and help bring hope to those who need it most.”

The Salvation Army, members of law enforcement and officials from around the state will take part in an announcement ceremony on Thursday, December 12th at 10 a.m. on the steps of the Onondaga Supreme and County Courts House at 401 Montgomery Street in Syracuse.

The “Bells & Badges” event is planned for the following Thursday, December 19th and participating law enforcement officers will ring the bell at Red Kettles across the state throughout the day.

Donations to the Red Kettle stay in that community and fund programs and services The Salvation Army provides throughout the year.


About The Salvation Army Empire State Division

The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army covers 48 counties in upstate New York and one city in Pennsylvania (Sayre, Pa.). Our annual Red Kettle Campaign in November and December helps our 45 community centers and 166 volunteer driven service units raise funds that remain in each community to help those in need.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations – during emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.


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