Firefighters to ring the bell for The Salvation Army

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 3:24 PM

PHOENIX -- Valley firefighters are converging on downtown Phoenix Tuesday to ring the bell for The Salvation Army.

Capt. Rich Bauer of the United Phoenix Firefighters Association gave 3TV's Javier Soto the lowdown on this tradition, which goes back 15 years.

He kicked off the campaign with a $1,000 from Firefighter Charities, saying this is a great way for Phoenix firefighters to give back to their community.

"This helps tremendously," The Salvation Army's Maj. John Brackenbury said. "We are down 36 percent from where we were last year because of the fact of how Thanksgiving fell with Christmas."

Like the firefighters who will be out in force, Brackenbury is encouraging people to give what they can, assuring people that the funds raised stay local.

"All of that money goes to help needy families here in the Valley of the Sun," he said.

Dozens of firefighters will be on both sides of Washington Street between First Street and Fourth Avenue for a couple of hours starting at 11 a.m.

If you can't make it downtown, you can always donate online at OnlineRedKettle.org. You even can designate where the money will be used.

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