FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Salvation Army is breaking out the red Christmas kettles early this year.
The kettles will be used to collect donations for national disaster relief efforts following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast.
Money collected will go to The Salvation Army division headquarters in Anchorage and then on to the national relief effort, said Dawn Clemons, with the Salvation Army in Fairbanks.
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to staff the special kettle collections, taking place at the entrances of Fred Meyer stores Friday and Saturday.
Volunteers will be asked to take two-hour shifts Friday or Saturday, Clemons said. The first shift will begin at 10 a.m. and the final shift will end at 8 p.m.
''If a local business wanted their staff to cover one location it would only take five people giving two hours each,'' said Fairbanks Commander Richard Greene.
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