Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings helped celebrate the start of the annual Red Kettle Campaign Wednesday with the Salvation Army’s brass band.
The mayor put on a Salvation Army volunteer apron, dropped his donation in a red kettle and then rang a bell while Neiman Marcus employees walked by to drop in their own donations.
The traditional red kettles will soon be at hundreds of locations in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton and Ellis counties. The money raised during the campaign supports the Salvation Army’s year-round operations.
“I’ve been doing it for eight years and what I’ve realized is how generous the city of Dallas is to those in need,” Mayor Rawlings said. “The Salvation Army has served so many homeless, so many families in need and so many young kids. Domestic violence is a big issue for me and they take in so many women that come from broken homes like that. So it’s an honor for me to support them.”
The Salvation Army serves more than 23 million people a year. Last year, North Texans donated $2.2 million.
The Dallas Cowboys also help kick off the Red Kettle Campaign each year during their Thanksgiving Day game. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined Good Day Wednesday morning to talk about why he loves the Salvation Army.
“Well, let me say this. They’re my heroes. The Salvation Army, the officers, the three million volunteers across this country. If you want to get a dollar in the hands of somebody that will put it on the feet of somebody that needs shoes or put it in bellies that are hungry, you give it to that red kettle and give it to these pros that know how to so efficiently take that dollar and I really believe they lever the dollar into more than that. That’s what the Salvation Army does,” he said.
The Cowboys face the Redskins Thursday at 3:30 p.m. on FOX. Pregame coverage starts at 3 p.m.