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Salvation Army Sets Up Summertime Collections Around Center City

(Ronald McDonald performs alongside a Salvation Army collection kettle near 16th and Chestnut Streets.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

(Ronald McDonald performs alongside a Salvation Army collection kettle near 16th and Chestnut Streets. Photo by Cherri Gregg)

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By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Folks walking around center city Philadelphia this month may see a familiar sight that may seem a little out of place, or out of season.   But it is designed to remind passersby of the type of giving that normally takes place around Christmastime.

The ringing bells and the iconic red kettles are a sign that, in the words of the current Salvation Army campaign, “Need knows no season.”

“During the summer hours is the time that’s most financially difficult for us to continue services, so this is our effort to get out and spread the word about what the Salvation Army is doing,” says Maj. Donna McCullough.

McCollough says the Salvation Army’s “Christmas in July” campaign raises money to help those in need, funding summer programs at Salvation Army locations throughout Philadelphia.

“Feeding programs, day camps, children’s programs, music programs, school programs, food banks,” she explains.

The red kettles will be out for donations in center city every Wednesday in July, with special appearances by Ronald McDonald and other local celebrities.

For a list of sites and other ways to donate, go to http://salvationarmy.org.