BRISTOL, Tenn. -

If you've been out at any store recently you may have noticed the Salvation Army has kicked off their yearly Kettle Campaign to help raise money.

Bristol, Tennessee's Salvation Army Captain Joe Irvin says last year the Tri-Cities Salvation Army collected more than $400,000. Irvin says the money raised from the Kettle Campaign is enough to fund 11 percent of their yearly budget.

The money goes to help provide warm meals, give assistance with bills, and offer the homeless a place to stay. "Every penny that goes into the red kettles does stay locally, and it provides the funding for the services that we offer the community year-round," adds Irvin.

The Salvation Army will be out ringing the bells until Christmas Eve and they will not be ringing on Thanksgiving or Sundays.

They still need volunteers. To offer your help, contact your local Salvation Army.