BOSTON (CBS) – You can expect to see the Salvation Army’s famous red kettles out earlier than ever this year.

The organization is starting its’ annual Christmas fundraising campaign in September because there’s a much greater need for help due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The red kettles and bell ringers usually don’t come out until November. Last year, $126 million was raised with about 30,000 kettles.

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“Due to the closing of retail stores, consumers carrying less cash and coins, and the decline in foot traffic, The Salvation Army could see up to a 50 percent decrease in funds raised through the red kettles, which would limit their capability to provide services for the most vulnerable,” the organization said in a statement.

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For more information on how you can help, visit the Salvation Army’s website.