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The Salvation Army 2013 Red Kettle Drive will be kicking off its 2013 Red Kettle Drive with a ceremony on the morning of Friday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m.

The event will be held in front of Pepco headquarters at 701 Ninth Street, NW and is open to the public. The theme this year will focus on giving hope.

“The Salvation Army is praying that this year’s campaign is a huge success,” said Major Lewis Reckline, National Capital Area Commander. “The money raised here in the Greater Washington area stays here. It’s giving hope to people in need. ”

According to Major Reckline, the Salvation Army uses more than 80 cents of every donated dollar directly towards feeding the hungry, preventing homelessless, and enriching the lives of children.

Beginning on Saturday, November 9, 250 kettles will be distributed across the Washington Area — including the City of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

For supporters who want to “ring the bell” from home or work, the Salvation Army offers a virtual kettle through an online portal at