COVINGTON, Va. -

Taking care of others and lending a helping hand, it's not just the mission of the Salvation Army at Christmas, but year round.

Saturday, the Salvation Army kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign in the Alleghany Highlands.

Bell ringers, the local radio station and even the fire department came together at the Kmart in the Mallow Mall Shopping center.

The Salvation Army estimates it generates 15-percent of its budget to help the community during this campaign.

"We help out with rental assistance, utilities, we also help out with food in our food pantry and stuff like that, but we're first and foremost a church, that's what we really want people to remember," explains Lt. Travis Roberts of the Salvation Army.  "But, these funds help us so that we can help out the people in this community and surrounding counties as well."

In addition to the kettle campaign, Angel Trees were placed throughout the region.

Each Angel represents a boy or girl who wouldn't have presents if it weren't for the community's help.

The Covington branch of the Salvation Army hopes to generate about 35-thousand dollars this year.