MINNEPAOLIS (WCCO) – The Salvation Army kicked off the giving season with its “Rock the Red Kettle” campaign Saturday.

Hundreds of bell ringers set up throughout the Twin Cities Saturday afternoon.

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However, they weren’t wearing their usual red. Some of the bell ringers wore blaze orange for the hunting opener.

It’s hoping to raise more than $11 million this season.

More than 214,000 people in the Twin Cities are helped by the Salvation Army each year.

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“This is vitally important,” Jeff Strickler, the Twin Cities Commander for Salvation Arm, said. “It helps to fund a lot of the services we provide, which include meeting people’s basic needs.”

The red kettles will be out through Dec. 24.

There are 120,000 hours of bell ringing to fill.

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To sign up, or donate, visit the Salvation Army online.