About 40 patrons braved the chilly temperatures on Monday night to have some cookies and hot chocolate at Walmart, provided by the Salvation Army. Last night kicked off the start of the Salvation Army's holiday kettle campaign.
"Captain Kettle" himself made an appearance, as well as police chief Scott Cronk.
A four year-old named Aiden, wearing a Chiefs jersey, kicked a football, literally "kicking off" the charity season. Christmas carols were sung by local children, and the Emporia State Flute Choir performed some select holiday pieces.
The Christmas kettle tradition began in San Francisco in 1891, as a way to provide Christmas dinner to the city's poor population. Salvation Army Lt. Lynn Lopez says this year's campaign goal is $42,000, and every bit of that would stay in the community.
The kettle campaign will officially start on Saturday the 16th, with the Salvation Army Fundraiser Night at Roller's, at 701 Graham. Cost is $5 per person, and 50 percent of all money collected at the door will go toward the Salvation Army. That event goes from 7:30pm to 10pm.
The kettle campaign runs through Dec. 24. Donations are also accepted online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.