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December 23, 2005

CONTACT: Steve Tompkins
Emily Shortt
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Boston — Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral was happy to take time out of her busy schedule, Monday December 19, to lend a hand to the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. A yearly tradition, Sheriff Cabral has taken part in the Salvation Army Celebrity Bell Ringer program since she was appointed Sheriff in 2002. Standing in front of Macy’s in Downtown Crossing, as she does every year, Sheriff Cabral collected donations and handed out candy canes with members of her Communications and External Affairs Department.

The Salvation Army began the tradition of the Red Kettle Campaign in 1891 in San Francisco. Since then, the program has grown and spread with campaigns being conducted worldwide. This year the Salvation Army also created a Virtual Red Kettle Campaign to collect donations through the Internet. The kettles raise about $100 million each Christmas season, providing food, clothing, shelter, and toys for over six million people.

While collecting donations for the Salvation Army, Sheriff Cabral had a chance to speak with some Suffolk County residents and hear their comments and concerns. One ex-inmate of the South Bay House of Correction donated to the charity, then told the Sheriff he had been sober since being released from the institution, and commended the Sheriff’s Department for the many recovery programs it provides to inmates.

David Goldberg, of the Salvation Army, was grateful for the help Sheriff Cabral gave the Red Kettle Campaign, saying “The Celebrity Bell Ringers help raise crucial awareness of Salvation Army programs across the state by donating their time to bell ring.”

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