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Volunteers ring bells as mayor Tom Weisner makes ceremonial first donatiduring kick-off celebratifor SalvatiArmy's 124th annual Red Kettle Drive outside

Volunteers ring bells as mayor Tom Weisner makes the ceremonial first donation during a kick-off celebration for the Salvation Army's 124th annual Red Kettle Drive outside Prisco's Fine Foods on Friday, November 16, 2012. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 19, 2012 12:50PM

For the 124th year, the Aurora Salvation Army’s bell ringers will be manning their kettles outside of area businesses for their annual holiday fundraiser.

The campaign began Friday with a ceremony outside of Prisco Fine Foods on Prairie Street in Aurora. Mayor Tom Weisner, who traditionally is a volunteer bell ringer at Prisco’s, helped launch the effort by placing a symbolic gold coin into one of the red kettles.

“I encourage everyone to take the time to give a donation and help raise money for food, clothing, toys and life’s basic essentials for our less fortunate families and senior citizens,” the mayor said.

For information on the red kettle campaign, visit the Salvation Army’s website at

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