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Wings compete for bell-ringing crown

by Christy Hammond / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT -- The Red Wings will compete for bragging rights this Thursday, December 9, to see which pair can raise the most money for The Salvation Army as they bell ring between 4-6 p.m. at four different Metro Detroit retail locations.

Coach Mike Babcock will join general manager Ken Holland, who is serving as honorary chair of the 2010 Red Kettle Campaign for the fifth straight year, outside Hiller’s Market in downtown Northville, while six players will split up at the Kroger locations in Plymouth (Ericsson & Miller) and Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (Abdelkader & Helm).

This season marks the fifth consecutive year the Detroit Red Wings and The Salvation Army are teaming up in “Red Wings for Red Kettles” to help the nonprofit reach its $7.8 million Red Kettle campaign goal. The organization recently announced that it is more than $5.5 million away from its goal with donations down 15 percent from 2009. The campaign is facing a $400,000 goal deficit compared to this time last year.

In addition to the bellringing competition, The Salvation Army will have its famous red kettles at Joe Louis Arena for four games this month (Dec. 13, 15, 19 and 22).

WHO: Justin Abdelkader, Mike Babcock, Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm, Ken Holland, Jiri Hudler, Jakub Kindl and Drew Miller

WHEN: 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, December 9

WHERE: Help fill the Red Wings’ kettles at the following locations:

Hiller’s Market – Mike Babcock (4-6 p.m.) and Ken Holland (4-5:30 p.m.)
425 N. Center St. Northville, MI 48167

Hockeytown AuthenticsJustin Abdelkader and Darren Helm
        1845 E. Big Beaver Troy, MI 48083
        Note: Fans visiting this location can get a player’s autograph by making a $10
donation to The Salvation Army.

Kroger (Plymouth) – Jonathan Ericsson and Drew Miller
        44525 Ann Arbor Rd. Plymouth, MI 48170

About The Salvation Army: Founded by William Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination.  In 2009, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit was involved in providing 3,181,865 million meals and 724,134 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.85 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at

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