Boots and Badges: Local first responders join the red kettle movement

RAPID CITY, S.D. -For almost 130 the Salvation Army has done its red kettle Christmas fundraiser. You can find bell ringers at local stores encouraging customers to give back this holiday season.

For the first year, they invited local first responders to ring bells and compete to raise the most money.  For this year’s “Boots and Badges” initiative, Rapid City Fire and Rapid City Police Department competed to raise the most funds for The Salvation Army.

RCFD and RCPD were outside the Stumer Road Walmart ringing bells and greeting customers for four hours on Saturday.  RCPD was at one entrance and RCFD was at the other.

“We see the police and we see the fire department when they’re doing their jobs that we typically see them do.For them to come out and take part in an effort like this it helps us to see them in a different light,” said The Salvation Army coordinator, Javier Moreno.

All the proceeds from the red kettles go towards The Salvation Army programs, and bell ringers will be out until Christmas Eve.

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