If you have been to any area store lately, chances are you noticed the Salvation Army's red kettles out front.
Last year's red kettle campaign brought in over 250-thousand dollars.
The money collected came out to about 18-percent of the total funds collected through the Tree of Light Campaign.
This year you can find the red kettles at 35 locations through out Peoria, East Peoria and Walmart.
"The salvation army is one of the best organizations. When I first came to town and when I really needed some help, they were there and we just could never give enough to the salvation army for how helpful they are to so many people," said Kathleen Hillard, who gave money Wednesday.
The red kettle tradition began in 1891.
To find out how you can help visit www.ringbells.org and click on Peoria.