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Babcock, Holland defend bell ringing title

by Christy Hammond / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT– Red Wings coach Mike Babcock along with general manager Ken Holland successfully defended their bell ringing title on Friday evening, as the four duos of Red Wings players and personnel brought in a grand total of $12,891.48 for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.

During a two-hour span of bell ringing at Hiller’s Market in downtown Northville, Babcock and Holland raised $6,852.95 for the nonprofit to win the bell ringing competition for the seventh time in eight years.

Hundreds of fans came out to Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, Mich., to meet forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, bringing in $2,984 for the Red Kettle Campaign. The other two pairings of Jonas Gustavsson and Stephen Weiss in Farmington Hills, Mich., along with Gustav Nyquist and Brendan Smith in Birmingham, Mich., collected a combined $3,054.43.

The average red kettle collects $200 in donations each day and the donations collected by the four pairings in just two hours would equal 64 days of bell ringing.

This season marks the eighth consecutive year the Detroit Red Wings and The Salvation Army are teaming up through the “Red Wings for Red Kettles” initiative to help the nonprofit reach its $8.75 million Red Kettle Campaign goal. The team will hold four Red Kettle Nights this month at Red Wings home games on Dec. 14, 17, 19 and 23. The initiative has raised more than $82,000 for the nonprofit since 2005.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization that gives hope to people in need without discrimination. The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit allocates $.85 of every dollar it raises to delivering vital social services and programs through more than 100 locations across southeast Michigan. Last year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit helped provide 3,319,840 meals and 737,388 nights of shelter to neighbors in need. As the single largest provider of social services in Michigan, outside of state government, The Salvation Army also gives hope through emergency, legal aid, counseling, character-building and recreational assistance. Join The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit in giving hope this holiday season by donating at or 877-SAL-MICH.

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