The beginnings of Christmas traditions are upon Calgarians once again as the Salvation Army hits the streets with its annual Kettle Campaign.

Mayor Dave Bronconnier, CTV news anchor Darrel Janz and even Lanny MacDonald were on hand to launch the 6th Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign, which which will place the classic red kettles at 79 different locations around Calgary.

“Even though we are hearing about the end of the current recession there are still thousands of Calgarians who need the help and support that the Salvation Army gives,” said Bronconnier as he slipped a $20 bill into one of the hanging kettles at the event.

The Salvation Army has raised the number of kettles placed around Calgary in order to reach its goal of collecting $1.2 million, said Pam Goodyear of the Salvation Army.

“Every little bit helps. Even if Calgarians were to donate a dollar for themselves and a dollar for those in need into the kettles we would be well on our way to achieving our goal,” she said.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign has been helping Calgarians for over a hundred years.